Vigilant and Faithful Servants
The Boy Scouts have as their motto, “Be Prepared!” Jesus in today’s gospel parable calls His disciples to be vigilant and alert like good servants preparing for the coming of the Lord. He compares the coming of the Lord to a master who comes home late. He expects his good servant to be ready and to open the door right away.
In other words, this parable of the master-servant extols us the virtue of preparedness. That is, to be ready to meet our Lord at any time. This meeting will happen at the time of our death and so let us think about our own death frequently and prepare for it every moment because we do not know when it will come to us. Martin Luther, quoted by 365 Days with the Lord 2007 from Philip Yancey’s Where Is God When It Hurts? p. 252, said, “Even in the best of health we should have death always before our eyes so that we will not expect to remain on this earth forever, but will have one foot in the air, so to speak.”
But when I read Dolly Anne Carvajal’s column in Philippine Daily Inquirer (Oct. 17, 2007 p. F1 and F3), I am quite not satisfied with the answers of some of our celebrities when she asked them on their thoughts about death and what they would do if they knew it was already their last day on earth. It is because why are we to prepare only on the last day of our life and why not always prepare? One of them said, “Death is my greatest fear. On my last day, I would just drive and drive my car with all my loved ones.” Another one also said: “Before I die, I would like to try getting really drunk. We will never know when death will happen or perceive that it will ever totally come. We should not dwell on it too much to the point of failing to appreciate and live life to the max!” Some of those asked said that they would give all their possessions to their loved ones and those in need; go on bunjee jumping, travel around the world, play golf and go skydiving, eat the food they usually do not eat; apologize to people they have offended and so on and so forth.
For me, faithfulness, as it is shown by servants of the master, is the best way of always preparing ourselves until the hour of our death. Why is faithfulness so important? This is so important because faithfulness is a key character trait of God. He is always faithful to us. Faithfulness is the foundation for any lasting and meaningful relationship. It allows us to persevere in living out our commitment. Faithfulness means: keeping one’s word, promise and commitment no matter how tough or difficult it gets and that is what covenant also meant. This is the one that God expects of us. He gives the grace and strength to be faithful. He also rewards faithfulness. But why fidelity, commitment and faithfulness are so difficult today? Modern society extols freedom over fidelity, an inconvenient and a burden to the pursuit of one’s own interests. We badly need this virtue, not only for our own sake, but for the sake of the next generation as well. Faithfulness demands consistency, a determination to stay the course and hard work.
Are you faithful to God and be ready to give Him an account of our stewardship?
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