Today’s Gospel has a theme of watchfulness, we need to be ready for when Jesus returns, but since we don’t know when that day will be we need to be on constant alert, we need to prepare ourselves.
The second reading from the letter to the Hebrews refers to Abraham’s deep faith in God which strengthened him. Abraham’s faith was his real treasure and he took it with him wherever he went. It was a part of his being, his heart was in the same place as his treasure. That is what Jesus hopes will be the case with his disciples and with us. Jesus says that “where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.” Jesus is really asking us as disciples “What is our real treasure?” We can ask the same question of ourselves, “What is in my treasure box (my heart)? What is it that I value most in my life?” The Gospel asks us “is our treasure the kind of treasure that will not fail us? The kind of treasure Jesus talks about cannot be stolen by a thief, it cannot be destroyed as it is based on love. We are not to be like the rich man in last Sunday’s Gospel who planned to store his grain in large barns rather than share it with others. We are, rather, to share our wealth with those in need. Our treasure will be in heaven where it will not wear out or be destroyed.
In order to be ready for Jesus’ return we need to prepare ourselves, like servants waiting for the master’s return from a wedding feast not sure exactly at what time that will be. Jesus is teaching us that one day he will return, and that his return will always be a surprise. Even so, we need to be ready for this day it mustn’t catch us out, we need to constantly act out our faith by living Christian lives displaying our Christian beliefs. Exhibiting generosity, kindness, patience which as parents we can carry out within our daily family lives. Sometimes our lives of faith can become flat and lacking a sense of inspiration. God gives us the encouragement we need through his Word and through the Holy Spirit. We might think that Jesus is definitely not coming back during our lifetime but Jesus tells us otherwise. His return could be as soon as tomorrow. We may be afraid of the idea and just dismiss it. But we need to ask ourselves the question “am I ready and watching for Jesus’ return?” Am I able to give account to God of how I have lived? Pray together as a family for openness to God and the courage to respond to God’s call.