Gospel Reading and Thoughts for August 11, 2013

Gospel – Luke 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. jesus-teaching
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.

“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 comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
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.
Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.”

Then Peter said,
“Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?”
And the Lord replied,
“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, the master will put the servant
in charge of all his property.
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 the servant severely
and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
That servant who knew his master’s will
but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will
shall be beaten severely;
and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will
but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating
shall be beaten only lightly.
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

 

As mothers we know how much we have been entrusted with.  Safeguarding the spiritual and physical welfare of our beloved children can be an overwhelming task.  I often wonder, “How am I qualified to take care of these precious little ones?  How have I been entrusted with teaching them and guiding them when I’m still working on myself?”  And the ever constant fear, “What if I mess up!?”  But our Lord who loves our children more than we do will give us the strength and the ability to take care of them.

I used to think that the most difficult part of being a mother had to be the diaper changes, feedings, potty trainings, endless snack-serving and tantrum taming.  But now, even though my children can take care of their own physical needs, I realize that motherhood has become more difficult.  Now, I am accountable for their spiritual needs – guiding them in the scary world of friends, peer pressure, societal expectations and keeping them close to God.

Now that still more is being demanded of us entrusted with so much, prayer is our strongest weapon against the worldly ideals.  God will give us the grace we need to parent our children with love and devotion!

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