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Friday, 16 October 2009 20:38

F aithfulness demands consistency, a determination to stay the course and see the task to its completion. 


Tuesday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time

Romans 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21

Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17

L uke 12:35-38 "Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, (36) and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks. (37) Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them. (38) If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants!

 

Meditation by Don Schwager

 

A re you ever caught off guard when someone shows up unexpectedly to get something from you or to see how you are doing? The Boy Scouts have as their motto, Be Prepared! Jesus' master-servant parables seem to extol the virtue of preparedness. But there is something deeper and even more important behind it. There is an element of surprise in the story of the master returning home at a late hour after attending a marriage feast. Will the master catch his servant sleeping rather than keeping watchful guard? And what about the reward promised for those who faithfully perform their duty, day in and day out, no matter what the circumstances?  The image Jesus uses here is a great wedding feast in which the master honors his guests by seating them himself and personally waiting on them. What a great reversal – the master becomes a servant to show his respect and honor for his beloved guests!

 

This parable contains a lesson in faithfulness and a warning against sloth. Why is faithfulness so important to God? For one, it's the foundation for any lasting and meaningful relationship. Faithfulness or fidelity allows us to persevere in living out an unswerving commitment. The Lord is committed to us in a bond of unbreakable love and fidelity. That is what covenant means – keeping one's word, promise, and commitment no matter how tough or difficult it gets. Faithfulness is a key character trait of God and one that he expects of us. Fortunately God gives the grace and strength to be faithful. He also rewards faithfulness. Why is fidelity, commitment, and faithfulness so difficult today? Many today in western society extol freedom over fidelity and don't want to be bound to an unknown or uncertain future. It's regarded as inconvenient and a burden to the pursuit of the individual's interests. We badly need to recover this virtue, not only for our own sake, but for the sake of future generations as well. If we want to pass on the faith then we need to first be faithful models for our young people.

 

Faithfulness demands consistency, a determination to stay the course and see the task to its completion. Cal Ripken, an American baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles, is a sports hero and a legend to many simply because he always showed up for the game and gave his best. He didn't miss one game in 16 years of playing baseball! That's a total of 2,632 consecutive games. Only one other baseball player in history has come close to that record. In 1983 he hurt his hand sliding on artificial turf and was unable to grip the bat at first; he somehow gritted his teeth and got five hits that night, two of them home runs.

 

God loves faithfulness. That is why we can always expect God to give us what he promises. In turn, God expects us to be faithful to him and to one another. How can we grow in faithfulness? God's grace shows us the way. When we are faithful in the little tasks and promises we make, we learn to be faithful in the bigger and more important responsibilities and tasks entrusted to us. Our reward is the Lord Jesus himself who shares with us his joy and friendship – "well done good and faithful servant ..enter into the joy of your Master" (Matthew 25:21).

 

"Lord Jesus, you are faithful even when I fail. Help me to persevere in faithfulness and not shrink back in the face of challenges or difficulties. May I never forget your presence with me and may I always be ready to receive you when you call me to your home."

Psalm 85:9-13

 

Supplementary Reading

THE PoWER

… by the finger of God …  – Luke 11:20

 

P ower. The Webster dictionary defines this word as “the faculty of doing or performing anything.” The Good News Bible renders Luke 11:20 as “by means of God’s power.”  Or “by the power of God.”

My family has seen the power of God move in our lives so many times. One occasion was on my departure for an overseas job.

The agency called my mobile phone at about 11 a.m. “Your airline ticket is ready for pickup at the ticketing office. You are, however, a wait-listed passenger,” the agent said.

At about 7 p.m., I was at the airport. Getting through the different desks, I finally reached the airline counter at 8 p.m. Sensing I was late, I signaled my family waiting outside to pray.

“You are the sixth wait-listed passenger,” I was informed. Huh? Sixth? I prayed again. And I asked my family to pray even more. There was no turning back. I was all set and ready for the 10:20 p.m. flight.

Finally, when the wait-listed counter opened, the first passenger was called. From the sixth, I was called the first!

That’s the power or the finger of God. Thank You, Lord! ---Danny Tariman

 

REFLECTION:


Do you see the power of God working in your life?

 

Lord, let me see Your power even in trivial matters.

 

Thought of the Day

For a life to be beautiful, extraordinary abilities or great expertise are not required. There is happiness in the humble giving of oneself.

http://www.taize.fr/

 

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