The Gospel today is another warning to be vigilant because we do not know when the Lord is coming. When Peter asked Jesus Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone? In response, Jesus did not say whether it was to the apostles or for everyone. Instead, Jesus said who then is the faithful and prudent manager whom his master will put in charge of his slaves, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? The parable then is for everyone who considers themselves slaves of the master. It is not for everyone because those who do not consider themselves slaves of the master will not care. It is not for disciples because some disciples of Jesus have their own ideas of what the master wants.
Jesus describes who the slaves of the master are: they are those who know what the master wants. From these, much is expected. There is a choice then, whether to do what the master expects or not. If we know what the master wants, we are expected to carry out what he wants.
What does the master want? St Paul tells us in the First Reading, this is a mystery revealed to his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit: The Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel. This is how we know what the master wants: through the holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit. Paul also said: through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. Many say this church is an invisible church. But Paul was clear that this Church is a visible Church governed by Apostles and prophets.
While, there is some truth outside the Catholic Church, the fullness of truth and wisdom is within the Catholic Church. It is through the Catholic Church that God carries out his will in Christ, whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him. Catholics have the Sacrament that gives us confidence of the presence and grace of God.
- Baptism, the sign of our adoption as a child of God
- Confirmation is the physical sign of the of the Holy Spirit and his gifts
- The Eucharist is the sign AND the reality of Body and Blood of Jesus, where we can adore Jesus face to face
- Confession lets us come to God seeking grace and forgiveness in confidence and boldness;
- The Anointing of the sick reminds us of the presence of God in the midst of our sickness,
- Holy Orders, transforms a man into a visible sign of Christ, the husband of his Church
- Marriage, which is the image of God himself, and a mirror of the relationship of Christ to his Church.
For those who do have preconceived ideas of the Catholic Church, it is perhaps time to put aside your bias and explore what the Church truly teaches, not what some preacher tells you. Which community can claim knowledge of the teaching of Christ going back to the Apostles for 2,000 years!
In all honesty, if you claim to be someone who knows what your master wants, then you need to do what is expected of you. Jesus said you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Come and learn about God through the Church Jesus established.
Lord, there are ideas I have heard about your Church. These may be true or these may not be true. Open my heart so I may come to know your Truth, so it may set me free.