Wednesday 25 October 2023

About Today Readings

Romans 6:12-18. Our help is in the name of the Lord – Psalm 123(124). Luke 12:39-48.

The Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect

In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus lets it be known that the Son of Man will return like a thief in the night –unpredictable and unannounced. Believers are encouraged to maintain vigilance and resilience. To be in constant readiness. It might seem as though the Gospel is advocating a state of anxious hypervigilance, but the parable of the slave given responsibility for managing other slaves offers a different view. Taking on the care of others who rely on us, in whatever setting, is a responsibility to be taken seriously at all times. It’s not good enough to neglect our responsibility and simply ‘do the right thing’ when we are under scrutiny. The baptised are called to a whole committed way of existence which relies not on some ‘return date’ but on the hope of Christ always present and always returning. For believers in the 21st century, the ethic of how we care, especially for the most vulnerable on earth, is critical. God’s Son returns to us in the face of every person and in every living thing, beckoning us to be more courageously and fully human.

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