On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 21, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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I am a slave to none! I am master of my own destiny! I am in control of everything! Really? These are the voices of the world which sound liberating and true. But is it?

Ask any servant leader and He/she will tell you that it is far more liberating to serve our Lord. Knowing that He is Lord and God and is truly in control. All I need be is obedient unto Him.  He gives me the wisdom and knowledge to carry out my tasks and leaves me to it. He provides all I need to carry out my mission. I am a slave of my loving master, my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

When my focus is on Him and serving my brethren, sin has no hold over me. For it His love that drives all sin away. I face unafraid any challenges that come my way for He is with me through it all.

Lord Jesus, I am Your willing and joyful slave. Guide me always that I may want day stand before You and here You say ” Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Amen

First reading
Romans 6:12-18

You must not let sin reign in your mortal bodies or command your obedience to bodily passions, you must not let any part of your body turn into an unholy weapon fighting on the side of sin; you should, instead, offer yourselves to God, and consider yourselves dead men brought back to life; you should make every part of your body into a weapon fighting on the side of God; and then sin will no longer dominate your life, since you are living by grace and not by law.
  Does the fact that we are living by grace and not by law mean that we are free to sin? Of course not. You know that if you agree to serve and obey a master you become his slaves. You cannot be slaves of sin that leads to death and at the same time slaves of obedience that leads to righteousness. You were once slaves of sin, but thank God you submitted without reservation to the creed you were taught. You may have been freed from the slavery of sin, but only to become ‘slaves’ of righteousness.

Gospel
Luke 12:39-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
  ‘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.’

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