Salvation and Perpetual Vigilance

FRIDAY: Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time


Salvation and Perpetual Vigilance

Whether we like it or not, the present form in which we are living will pass away. The things we hold dear to life, they will fade with time. Moths and woodworms are gullible surreptitious heirs. They have no need for legal documents to claim ownership while we are still in the body. The time will come when we must retire from our respective posts; we must relinquish all for which we have toiled and sweat. On that day, whichever day comes first, we must give an account of our stewardship. Wisdom teaches us prudence; it instructs in the ways of virtues, values and valour, justice and integrity; it restrains us from participation in corrupt practices and prepares us for accountable stewardship whenever the times comes.

Righteousness, justice, peace and a strong moral consciousness define the kingdom and the suitability of those who are heirs of God and coheirs with Christ. Venality has no place in the kingdom (1Cor.15:50). Double-dealing may be acceptable and admirable among peers. It may win you friends and help you influence others and open doors for you on earth. However, remember life in all forms is transitory. Nothing lasts forever. Not friendship, not peers. Only the human soul will perdure and will pass from this life and the world to our true native land is in heaven (Phil.3:20). However, the soul still has to appear before the judgment seat of God to give an account of its stewardship (Rom.14:12; Matt.25:31-46).

The moral of today’s gospel is as follows: honesty, integrity and justice are the delights of the soul and the happiness of God’s people. The Gospel sums up beautifully, Jesus’ exhortation: there is a perpetual need for preparedness among his disciples. No one has advance warning of the day, time or hour. God alone is privy to that information (Matt.24:36). Ours is the task to walk by faith, pursue a life of grace and to imitate Christ in his Corporal Works of Mercy.

Lord, I am at your disposal. Train me and I will fulfill your will.

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