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 the servants 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.”
Motto: Your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. – Jesus again reminds his disciples not be afraid. Now he does so by giving them a wonderful promise and prediction according to which they will receive the kingdom of heaven. The Father had made that decision. But one has to be ready for it. The Lord outlines two conditions: freedom of spirit which we can only obtain by consistently choosing the spiritual over material security and secondly being vigilant, being prepared, being awake. Both are one and the same, the two sides for the same spiritual reality. Whoever is worried about their treasures, is in a state of trembling all the time. How could that person be free for the kingdom of God? After all, there is no worry there, neither material nor spiritual. However, we tend to postpone, leave it for tomorrow. This is spiritual ‘bargaining’, but it is an illusion. There is no place for ‘right timing’ or petty time management. Now is the only proper time. This is what Jesus expresses when he sheds light on the state of total preparedness with the fitting image of the servant who awaits his master. LK 12:35-40
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