19th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Luke 12: 32-48 or Luke 12:35-40
August 11, 2013
GOSPEL READING: Do not be afraid!
Luke 12: 32-48
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom.
‘Sell your possessions and give alms. Get yourselves purses that do not wear out, treasure that will not fail you, in heaven where no thief can reach it and no moth destroy it. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
‘See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch he comes, or in the third, but happy those servants if he finds them ready. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what hour the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house. You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’
Peter said, ‘Lord, do you mean this parable for us, or for everyone?’ The Lord replied, ‘What sort of steward, then, is faithful and wise enough for the master to place him over his household to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Happy that servant if his master’s arrival finds him at this employment. I tell you truly, he will place him over everything he owns. But as for the servant who says to himself, “My master is taking his time coming,” and sets about beating the menservants and the maids, and eating and drinking and getting drunk, his master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. The master will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the unfaithful.
The servant who knows what his master wants, but has not even started to carry out those wishes, will receive very many strokes of the lash. The one who did not know, but deserves to be beaten for what he has done, will receive fewer strokes. When a man has had a great deal given him, a great deal will be demanded of him; when a man has had a great deal given him on trust, even more will be expected of him.’
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch he comes, or in the third, but happy those servants if he finds them ready. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what hour the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house. You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’
REFLECTION: Shah el Shah (King of Kings)
“The Kingdom of God is at hand.” The Good News of the Lord would tell us that we are His children and He will give us Heaven. His Kingdom is where emptiness isn’t a reality. On Earth, we are but mortals and as humans, it is in our nature that we constantly desire for more possessions in life. Indeed, we are insatiable beings wanting to satisfy our every need. But the Kingdom is no place for more possessions – no one person is wealthier than the other, no one person has a higher status that the other, and no one person possesses more that the other. Equality, equity, and abundance can all be found in Heaven. Equality of all people - no bias and no discrimination. Equity of all beings, justice and fairness for all the children of God. Abundance of gifts and blessings that will never make us lack of anything whether we want it or we need it. While on Earth, there is no place where we can find all these. A preacher once said, “We are pilgrims. Happiness can never be found here on earth because true happiness is in Heaven.” He added, “Happiness is more than emotion. Happiness is more than feeling. Happiness is more than circumstances. Happiness is first and foremost a decision and we can always choose to be happy.” Indeed, we are travelers and pilgrims of our own destiny and we consider happiness in terms of materiality, but happiness is with God in His Kingdom where we can experience eternal fulfillment and eternal attainment of goals. Moreover, the Kingdom of God is not a place, but an emotion. It is found within ourselves. If we want to experience Heaven, we must first experience His love. Therefore, the Kingdom of God is in our hearts waiting to be found and hopefully never forgotten.
“Those who fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” Life is simply defined by uncertainty. This is further emphasized in the movie “Forest Gump” when the main character said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You’ll never know what you’re gonna get.” In Christian context, God is telling us that “He will come again to judge the living and the dead” and when this is about to be fulfilled, Christ is expecting us to be ready. Like a thief in the night, He will surprise everyone in this life for He will bring judgment to every single being. Preparation for His coming should be done through faith. Seek the help of the Church in able to understand His message for His children. He is our Master and us His servant. “The Lord is my Shepherd. There is nothing I shall want. There is nothing I shall fear.”
“TO SERVE – This is the reason for our positions. This is our mission in life. This is our promise and our duty.” The Bible speaks of servitude towards our brothers and sisters. Moreover, the Bible speaks of our servitude for Christ. This is the reason for our positions here on earth. “We are created in the image and likeness of God.” In addition, servitude towards the community and responsibility towards our neighbors is manifested not just through the mere implementation of laws, but through abiding the laws. The community should be served first and foremost with pure honesty. It should be served out of willingness and not out of force. Servitude towards our parents should be governed by respect, love, and obedience. Servitude towards God should be manifested through faith, hope, and love. Finally, servitude is our mission in life for we are taught to give love and deserved to be loved.
“Speak to me Lord, I am listening.” Shah el Shah is translated as the King of Kings, which is Jesus Christ. He is the King of Kings of Heaven and Earth. He is the King of Kings in this life and in the afterlife. As His children, we are believers of one faith and we believe that the Kingdom of God is not just in our hands, but also in our hearts from the very beginning. It is like a treasure box needed to be unlocked for us to discover what has been given to us by Christ. This is our inheritance and indeed, it is eternal and everlasting. Prepare for the unknown, expect the unexpected. We only know one truth – Christ will come. It is for this reason that we belong in one community and one hope that we truly are blessed for His coming. Service should be related to transparency, obedience, respect, faith, and willingness. It is in this service that we are called to become like Christ and continue His mission of propagating love for one another. Like Mary our Mother, we are also called to listen and as a response, this should be our answer,”Shah el Shah, you are my Master and I your servant. May it be done to me according to your word.”
ABOUT THE SHARER:
MS. MARIA CELINA CASTRO is a member of the Dominican Network Youth Group. She holds the degree of Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Social Science from the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas.
Ordinary Time, Cycle C, OP Youth, DomNet, Happiness, Fulfillment, Kingdom of God, Love, Heaven, Mission, Service