After having reflected last Sunday on foolishness of relying on earthly possessions, today we hear “wake up parables” – a short one about a thief’s break-in and a longer one about responsible stewardship. It tells us that to be truly ready is not building up our financial and material security, but being good stewards of the things entrusted to our care. Jesus tells us today to be ready when the Master comes. He may come like a thief in the middle of the night. Jesus calls us for the care of something much more important than the property we own, our life itself.

It is by taking care of others – feeding the hungry, concerned about the sick etc – that we take care of our life. Life is a pilgrimage. It keeps moving. Abraham and his family “lived in the tents while he looked forward to a city founded, designed and built by God”. To live a life of preparedness and stewardship is a life lived in love and service for the Kingdom of God. It is in doing this that we amass real wealth not only for ourselves but for others as well. By living like this we make ourselves ready to meet our Lord and Saviour at any time.

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