(Submitted by me for last week’s bulletin as a member of my parish’s Spiritual Life Committee.)
In today’s gospel reading (Lk 12:32-48), after strongly emphasizing the need for preparation on our part for His return, Jesus concludes with these words: “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
Do we consider ourselves among those “entrusted with more”? We should. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) says: “the fullness of grace and truth…Christ has entrusted to the Catholic Church” (no. 819).
Regarding grace, what immediately comes to mind are the seven sacraments. Some of us recall the Baltimore Catechism definition: “A Sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.” Jesus Christ established all the sacraments because we need all of them. In particular, we are blessed to have the Holy Eucharist available to us weekly, even daily. This “Sacrament of sacraments” (CCC 1211) sustains us and helps us to grow in virtue if we are open to its graces. Remember Jesus’ words: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you” (John 6:53).
Regarding truth, we have Divine Revelation in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition handed down since the time of Christ and safeguarded by the teaching authority of the Church, the Magisterium. We are the servants in the parable who are to know the master’s will and follow it to the letter. We have no excuse not to know God’s will for us. We should continue to learn our Faith, all the while praying to the Holy Spirit that He will pour out on us His gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord (see Isaiah 11:2-3).
A final word, this regarding Jesus’ coming. We tend to read this gospel in light of Jesus’ second coming. And we know that Jesus will come again on the last day, affirming this every time we recite the Creed. But, regardless of when that day comes, we know that we will meet the Lord face to face to give an account of our lives the day we take our last breath. The saying goes, “Live each day as if it were your last, someday you’ll be right.” Let us prepare for that day by using to the fullest those gifts graciously given by God to us this day and every day.
What will you do this week with what has been entrusted to you?