Posted by: livingscripture | October 21, 2015

29th Wednesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”     

(Luke 12: 48)

How should we live this WordJesus and disciples 2

 After Jesus had spoken in Parables for some time, Peter begins to question if these messages are for him or for others.  Perhaps, Peter begins to fail to understand Jesus and fears to lose his harmony with Him and thus he becomes vulnerable.  He has left everything for Jesus; he cannot be deemed an avaricious person.  He, like Jesus, has nowhere to lay his head and, therefore, cannot be considered attached to things and to other securities that we accumulate in life.  He seems to fulfill all the conditions placed by Jesus.  So this time it is Peter who gives Jesus the opportunity to proceed in His discourses and not the Pharisees or the crowd.  The recipients of His discourses, those who should have ears to understand, are precisely Peter and his companions.

The parable that follows this is still in a certain sense, to wait, to vigil, and to not deem oneself the masters.  However, the manager has a precise role.  He is not the owner who accumulates and decides, and neither is he a simple servant.  He is a trusted person who shares with the owner the responsibility of guarding the house with the goods and the persons within it.  The synergy between the owner and the manager is a necessary and dynamic good, subject to continual deepening.  It implies a positive tension on the part of the manager, and continual growth in knowing the owner and sharing with him.  The message is clear and decisively hard.  Jesus is asking Peter and the other Apostles to be like that manager.  He is asking them for an ever higher level of sharing, of responsibility, of substitution.  The request is motivational and proportional:  much is given, therefore much will be demanded.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder these words and see how they apply to my daily life in which I receive countless blessings from God who trusts me with them.

Lord, help me to recognize what You have given me.  Grant that I may never hold back from what I can do in Your name and with Your grace, with the gifts I have received from You.

 The Voice of St. Teresa of Avila, Carmelite and Doctor of the Church

 What can we do for a God so generous that he died for us, created us, and gives us being?  Shouldn’t we consider ourselves lucky to be able to repay something of what we owe him for his service toward us? 

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