Sunday, August 11, 2019

1st Century Preppers

In this Sunday's Gospel lesson Luke 12:32-40, our Lord reminds his followers to never let their guard down because "the Son of Man" may come at any time.

‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 
 ‘Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. 
‘But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.’

  Matthew Henry, in his Commentary, explains the last section best,
"If men will take such care of their houses, O let us be thus wise for our souls: Be ye therefore ready also, as ready as the good man of the house would be if he knew what hour the thief would come."
The gist of this and last week's reading is to focus on heavenly things and not earthly things at all times and at all places.

That may seem an impossible ask, but with Christ, anything is possible. This is one ask that we can quite legitimately include in our prayers. 

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