Choose To Be The Good Servant

'Lost and Found' by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.
“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.

November 20, 2022

August 26, 2021
Thursday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 24:42-51

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.
“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so.
Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.
But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’
and begins to beat his fellow servants,
and eat and drink with drunkards,
the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

This is a reoccurring them for Jesus in the Gospels. Be prepared. Stay aware. Have your life in order. Once again, in today’s Gospel we hear him tell the Apostles to stay awake.

We have a tendency, I think, to insulate ourselves in our own little worlds. If something isn’t affecting us directly then we don’t really need to concern ourselves over it. God provides us with what we need so why bother with anything else?

Today’s Gospel speaks to that when his parable talks about the Master (Jesus) leaving home and putting others in charge of the household (clergy, politicians, leaders) to make sure the slaves (most vulnerable) are taken care of by those he trusts.

And if we do what he expects, taking care of others, then we will be rewarded when he comes again.

As is usually the case, there is a warning that comes with that and that warning is should we become lax while he is gone then it will be bad for us. If we become lazy and decide to abuse those left in our care, we will have failed and will be punished.

Think about the world for a moment. Look at what our government is doing to its people. Forcing them to do things the people feel is morally wrong. Taking money from the earners and throwing it at people who donate to their campaigns. They are abusing those they have been put in charge of to care for and provide.

Australia, they are locking their people in their homes and ruining the peoples opportunities to provide for their families and help with commerce.

And, of course, Afghanistan. They are searching out and beating, imprisoning, and murdering anyone who doesn’t believe as they do. They are willing to kill themselves if it means they can kill those who don’t agree with them.

Fine, that’s happening somewhere else – not here. Do not abuse what God has given you. We have freedom and that freedom allows – nay, it requires us – to reach out and help the oppressed.

If we choose to sit on our hands – safe in our cocoons – we will find ourselves answering questions we have no answers for.

Don’t choose the easy path. Be the good servant who does what the Master left for him to do.

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

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