A reading from the gospel according to Matthew 24:42-51
Jesus said to his disciples:
42 “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
43 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.
44 So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.
45 “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?
46 Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so.
47 Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.
48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’
49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards,
50 the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour
51 and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
Reflection: Be prepared
Good News: Blessed is the faithful and prudent servant.
There are two kinds of servants: the faithful and prudent servant and the wicked servant. The faithful servant performs his duties and responsibilities at all times whether the boss is looking or not. He is always ready to answer questions from his boss and his reports are always on time. He is a responsible worker and the boss is delighted with him such that he is promoted in due time.
On the other hand, the wicked servant works only when the boss is looking. He does not work earnestly and often times he comes to the office late. He even sleeps on the job! Then at the proper time, he is kicked out of the company or demoted.
We are all servants and our relationship with God is not much different from that of a manager-employee relationship as we can see in the gospel reading above. The question is what kind of servant we are. God has given us time, talent, and treasure for us to use to serve Him and to help others. At the appointed time which we do not even know, God will call us to give an accounting. Are we ready or still sleeping or busy drinking?
Whether that time is our own individual death or the second coming of Jesus at the end of time, let us “stay awake” or be prepared at all times. There should be no “untimely death”. If we have been faithful and prudent in using our God-given gifts of time, talent, and treasure, there is nothing to fear on judgment day. We should actually welcome it believing that Jesus has prepared a mansion for his faithful and prudent servants (John 14:2).