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.
“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.”
+Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, Come by the means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Thy well beloved spouse. Amen
“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.” In many translations of the Bible, the word used for “happy” is translated “blessed.” This ‘happiness’ our Lord is speaking of rests in our vigilance in doing what? Being about the work committed to us. Being about His will. Having our entire being swept up in this wholehearted vigilance. When I think of wholehearted vigilance, I think of Love. When we “love” we are vigilant, we want to know everything about the person. What he/she likes, doesn’t like, looks forward to, or detests. We want to study everything about them, what an expression means, what hurts their heart, and what brings them joy. When we “Love” we are in a ‘high activity’ of vigilance. We hear everything they say, even their whisper. We notice pain in their face, or anguish in their heart. Loving then, creates vigilance by its nature. Maybe this is the “manner of Love” our Lord is calling us to enter into with Him. A tender astuteness to Him in the moment. His voice, His desire, His ache…His heart. When we live ‘vigilant’ - highly attuned to Him, we live very present to the moment, we live in His will-we live IN HIM. Perhaps this is the why He tells us, there is happiness/blessedness in this vigilance.
The picture above reflects this ‘activity’ of living the present moment vigilantly. There is a beautiful book written by Josef Pieper; ‘Only the Lover Sings.’ The title alone speaks of the happiness found by those who Love, who live in Love, who live for the other, being at the others disposal, attuned to what the other desires. Perhaps the question is: “Who do I live for? Do I seek to live for myself? Do I seek to live pleasing others? Do I seek to live for God?
Prayer: Lord Jesus lead my heart to desire the greatest treasure-You. Amen