Meditation: What lesson can we draw from Jesus' parable
about a thief in the night and the parable about the master of the
household who surprises his stewards with an unexpected visit? Both
parables confront us with the possibility of losing everything we
presently own and treasure and losing our the future inheritance as
The thief in the night
Jesus' story (parable) of the thief in the night brings home the necessity for constant watchfulness and being on guard to avert the danger of plunder and destruction, especially under the cover of darkness and secrecy! While no thief would announce his intention in advance, nor the time when he would strike, lack of vigilance would nonetheless invite disaster for those who are unprepared to keep their treasure and their lives secure at all times! The intruder strikes when he is least expected!
Guarding the treasure God's has given us
What treasure does the Lord expect us to vigilantly guard in this present life? It is the treasure of the gifts he has won for us - the gift of salvation purchased by his blood on the cross which has ransomed us from slavery to sin, Satan,and death - and the gift of his Holy Spirit who works in and through us to make us a new creation refashioned in the image of God. The Father and the Son through the gift of the Holy Spirit come to make their home with us. But we can ignore their presence, close our ears to their voice, or reject them through pride and unfaithfulness.
Satan comes like a thief in the night to rob us of our faith and to
draw us away from God. He works with the world (that society which is
opposed to God) and with our flesh (our sinful inclinations) to make us
believe that we can find treasure and happiness apart from God and his
will for our lives.
And we can deceive ourselves by putting off for tomorrow what must
be done today. God offers us grace today to turn away from sin and
rebellion. We must not presume that we can wait another day. The day of
the Lord - when he returns again at the end of this present world -
will come like a thief. We need to be spiritually alert and watchful at
all times. The Lord comes to us - each and every day - to draw us to
himself and to strengthen us in faith, hope, and love.
Are you ready to meet the Lord?
The Lord Jesus calls us to be vigilant in watching for his return and to be ready to meet him when he calls us to himself. The Lord gives us his Holy Spirit so that we may have the wisdom, help, and strength we need to turn away from sin to embrace God's way of love, justice, and holiness. The Lord's warning of judgment causes dismay for those who are unprepared, but it brings joyful hope to those who eagerly wait for his return in glory. God's judgment is good news for those who are ready to meet him. Their reward is God himself, the source of all truth, beauty, goodness, love and everlasting life.
This reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager, whose website is located at: http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/