Year C – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 11, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Wisdom 18:6-9; Psalm 33:1. 12. 18-19, 20-22; Hebrews 11:1-2, 8—19 or 11:1-2. 8-12; Matthew 24:42a, 44; Luke 12:32-48 or 12:35-40

One of the popular shows on television in the past two years has been Downton Abbey, taking viewers into the early-twentieth-century world of English wealth and privilege.  What makes the show so addictive is not only having entry into the “upstairs: realm of the Earl and Countess of Grantham and their family, but also in the “downstairs” world of the servants.  The loyalty and dedication often found here brings to mind what Jesus calls for from his disciples in today’s Gospel.

Jesus tells his disciples to, “Be like servants who await their master’s return […] ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.  Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.”  Jesus says that the master himself will serve them at table.  The mark of a good servant is one who is watching, not only for the Lord’s return but for those who might harm his household.  The mark of good servants includes not abusing those entrusted to their care.  Trustworthy servants will find a trustworthy master returning to care for them.

How are you called to serve the Lord and his household while you await his return?

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