Knowing what is essential and important in life isn’t easy. Sometimes in the midst of difficulties, you wonder why others seem to get it so easily. Then you begin to realize that they are not doing their stuff fairly. They illegally and immorally accumulate and gain wealth. They resort to all sorts of unlawful activities just to get what they want and without thinking of the consequences of their actions. They employ criminal and illicit activities just so they achieve their earthly desires. These activities are done beyond the public eye to protect themselves and deceive others by appearing proper and good. Their outside appearance is completely the opposite of what they really are and thus their deception is something people have to be wary about. Unfortunately, this hypocrisy can mislead and even influence others badly. These contradictions can make people confused and wanting. Thus, we need a reminder, an alternative, sort of a checklist of what to be cautious about and how to know we are on the right path.
In today’s Gospel (Lk. 12: 32-48), Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock,
for your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.
Sell your belongings and give alms.
Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out,
an inexhaustible treasure in heaven
that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”
The Lord is reminding us of our life objective. Of our life’s “real” purpose, the raison d’ etre. There are so many distractions that this world brings us such that the road to Heaven can get blurry and hazy. Being our Creator, God is reminding us to persevere the challenges and trials, to share to the needy and the poor, thereby “investing” spiritually for Eternity.
Also, He reminds us of the need to be ready at all times. Doing other things that do not conform to God’s will can be fatal as our time is one thing we don’t have control of. We don’t know the time or the hour death will strike, it can come in an unexpected day and at an unknown hour.
Finally, Jesus is asking us to become stewards and evangelizers of the Kingdom. We are called to serve Him well, as doing the opposite will spell disaster. The Lord’s reminders include a stern warning that He “will punish the servant severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful”. Therefore, you need to be alert since your time is limited and anything you do, you have to be accountable for it in the end. Considering you have received the Word of God and yet you choose to disobey Him, you will be doomed:
“That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely.”
For some who are more gifted and more provided, more will be required by God:
“Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
To overcome these challenges, we are reminded to obey God and to exercise our faith. In the Second Reading (Heb. 11: 1-2, 8-19) the writer tells us of Abraham, one of the perfect examples of obedience. His obedience was total as he went out to a place directed by Yahweh, without even knowing where his destination is,
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go.”
This Sunday, ask yourself, “What is my life’s greatest treasure?”
Let us pray for the gift of wisdom so that we will be able to see life’s challenges from the eyes of faith, as Abraham did. Let us pray to be constantly ready and not waver. Let us pray to remain faithful to God, no matter the cost.
“Stay awake and be ready! For you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” (Mt. 24: 42a, 44)