NINETEENTH SUNDAY: LUKE 12: 32-48

In the parable of the watchful servant, Jesus encourages His disciples to be vigilant and ready for action as they wait for the coming of the Master. Being watchful and being vigilant for the Master’s return is simply a matter of loving our daily lives. If we are not watchful and vigilant, if we are careless in fulfilling our daily tasks, and if we are not taking protections to know what is morally right and live accordingly, then the thief of the devil will find an easy entrance into our hearts and not only steal our treasures, but leave behind our lives in shambles. The battle and victory over the evil thief is possible only through our prayer lives and intimate relationships with Jesus.

Let me share with you a small story: A wealthy young man lived in a large house. Every day he woke up in the afternoon, ate his meals, and then went to bed again. He had a parrot and she watched this lazy fellow and was confused by him. One day, the parrot asked him, “ Don’t you get tired of lying in bed all day and night and why don’t you do some work? Why are you so lazy?” The young man answered, “Every morning, when I wake up, two friends whisper in my ears. One friend is Hard work and the other friend is Laziness. The Hard work says, Wake up! There is lots of work to do today. Time is passing by and time will not wait for us; don’t waste your time by sleeping all day.” But laziness says to me, “ Why should you work while there are others to work hard? You have lots of time to work and you can start to work tomorrow.” The young man continued by saying, “I listen patiently to both my friends. All my time goes by like that and I was always thinking I can start to do some work tomorrow, and tomorrow so I keep lying in bed for a long time.”

The moral message of the story is that – Just talking does not help and we should get up and work hard. Time is running out and will not wait for us and we don’t know anything about tomorrow or the next moment. If we are living any kind of easy life, it does not last; it can create laziness and hurt our lives. Our lives are meant to be challenging and we are meant to take risks; we need to stay prepared, work hard, and not allow ourselves to lose the disciplines we have learned!

Being watchful and being vigilant means we have to be well prepared in our lives every day by being faithful to our own lives and faithful to our family and friends. We do not know what is going to happen in the next moment of our lives. It was heartbreaking news for us to hear about the mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, that took the lives of dozens of people over the weekend. The famous talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, addressed the mass shootings in an interview. She feels the reason behind the latest string of violence is that, “People are missing a core moral center.” She explained that, “The core moral center” is church and family, which used to shape the moral values of persons but now we are missing these moral values in our society. She added, “Until we can return the core moral values, we will continue to be lost.”

Our ultimate goal is to reach the heavenly kingdom, which is based on how we live our lives here on earth. Let us to live each day as our last day and live each day in more meaningful and fruitful way; and totally concentrate and focus on God. Each day is a blessing! Life is a beautiful gift and we are called to share the gift of life by loving and serving others. Let us learn to live our lives for eternity by choosing that which is good here and now and doing what is right. So, stay awake and be ready! For we do not know on what day the Son of Man will arrive!