Luke 12:39-42 NRSVue

39“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

41Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?” 42And the Lord said, “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent manager whom his master will put in charge of his slaves, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time?

Some thoughts on this scripture

Jesus, you tell me to be ready for the hour when you unexpectedly come into my life. When that hour comes, may I be at peace with myself, loving myself as you love me. And may I be able to answer with St Vincent de Paul, who was asked on his death-bed if he forgave his enemies: "I have no enemies."

We have been trusted with the gospel of Jesus. We have been entrusted with his Eucharistic presence. Without the people, there would be no word, no bread, no memory of God. A Eucharistic prayer of the Roman church speaks of 'the paschal mystery entrusted to us'. Would any of us entrust the future of our family and the meaning of our lives to the sort of people many of us are? Yet God does. In prayer we ask the grace to be worthy receivers of the gifts of God.