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WILL WE BE READY FOR OUR MASTER’S RETURN?

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Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Rom. 5:12, 15, 17-21 & Lk. 12:35-38

The fall of one man, Adam – which leads to death – is compared by Saint Paul with the obedience of one man, Christ – which leads to life. This classic comparison lies at the heart of the Church’s teaching of original sin and the promise of justification for those who believe and are baptised. It tells us that Adam’s first sin had consequences that are still with us today, and that Jesus’ complete obedience to God has eternal, and even more powerful, consequences for us.

Adam’s sin led to our condemnation but Jesus’ obedience can lead us who believe to eternal life with God. This is very encouraging news. However, there is something more in this passage, that God wants us to write on our hearts. When Jesus died on the Cross, He unleashed a river of grace for the whole world. This has all the power of God to overcome sin and death, and the control they used to have over humanity. All of us can be set free!

This superabundant grace flows to us day in and day out. It is like the sun, which is constantly shining, even if there are clouds in the sky. Just as the sun cannot be ‘switched off’ the light of God’s grace will never stop shining, its glow offering us warmth and clarity. Even when our sins act like clouds, the grace is still there. All we need to do is remove the clouds through repentance, and His love and grace will shine on us once more.

St. Therese of Lisieux was saddened by the fact that there are some who reject God’s constant offer of mercy. She would pray to the Lord, “Lord, if they don’t want it, give it to me. Don’t let it be wasted.” That could be our prayer too.

Everyone on this Earth at this moment is on trial. If we were to die at this moment would we be ready for Heaven? That is what Jesus is asking us to think about when we listen to Him in today’s Gospel.

In anticipation of their master's return from his wedding feast, the servants had dressed in proper attire, prepared food, cleaned the house, lit lamps so that whenever the bridegroom and his bride arrived they would be able to respond promptly to their needs. Imagine the surprise when the master went about the business of tending to their needs! How blessed those servants would feel!

Their master had treated them with love and compassion, enabling them to love him in return. What is this parable but an indication of our lives as servants of the great Master Who is Jesus? He has called each of us to serve Him in preparation for the day when He is united with His bride, the Church, and to share in His abundant joy that day.

As servants, will we indulge ourselves in our Master's absence, or will we stand alert, ready to do His bidding? Jesus is eager to reward those who have laboured in His absence, and are awake and ready when He returns. He is a loving redeemer and protector unlike any earthly master we will ever know. King though He was, Jesus performed the ultimate act of service for His followers: He laid down His life on the Cross so that we could be united with Him forever.

Our Master's return will be a glorious day for those who believe in Him and have sought to know Him through prayer and the Scriptures. On that day, He will acknowledge how hard we have worked for Him and shower us with love in return, as He embraces His faithful servants.

Lord Jesus, help us to serve You faithfully so that, on the last day, we may receive the greatest of rewards - the fullness of joy in Your presence.

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