For the reading of Sunday, August 8, 2010
Jesus wanted the people who came to hear him to know that he loved them and his father loved them. He also wanted them to know that they did not need to worry because God would provide for all their needs. “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock,” he told them, “for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.
Jesus only asked that the people keep an attitude of readiness. “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.”
Jesus explained the reward the master would give those servants who were found ready. “Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.”
Peter often asked Jesus to explain what he was talking about. “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” Peter asked.
Jesus asked Peter a question in return. “Who, then is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute (the) food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.”
If the master returned and did not find the servant performing his duties faithfully and with compassion, Jesus said the master would deal with that servant in a different way. “But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful.”
Looking at his followers who were listening carefully, Jesus said, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
READ MORE ABOUT IT:
1. Why did Jesus tell the people not to be afraid?
2. How would the master deal with the faithful servants?