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Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: August 7, 2022

Luke 12: 32-48


Fr. John Tran

One night a house caught fire and a young little boy was forced to flee to the roof. The father stood on the ground below with outstretched arms, calling to his son, "Jump! I'll catch you." He knew the boy had to jump to save his life. All the boy could see, however, was flame, smoke, and blackness. As can be imagined, he was afraid to leave the roof. His father kept yelling: "Jump! I will catch you." But the boy protested, "Daddy, I can't see you." The father replied, "But I can see you and that's all that matters." Hearing this, the boy jumped. He jumped, because he trusted his father.


The readings today deal especially with faith and faithfulness. The Christian faith enables us to face life or meet death, not because we can see, but with the certainty that we are seen; not that we know all the answers, but that we are known. Faith is not merely us holding on to God - it is God holding on to us. And He will never let us go!


First there is “The Parable of the Watchful Servants,” where Jesus encourages his disciples to be vigilant and ready for action as they wait for the coming of the Master. That he will come is certain, but when he will come no one knows. The Lord comes unexpectedly into our lives everyday through events and people we should be watchful to recognize the Lord and be prepared to meet him in the little unexpected opportunities of everyday life through events and people we meet. This is the best way to prepare for the ultimate encounter with the Lord at the hour of death. But the ultimate, expected coming of the Lord in our lives is the moment of death. We should be watchful to recognize the Lord and be prepared to meet him in the little unexpected opportunities of everyday life. This is the best way to prepare for the ultimate encounter with the Lord at the hour of death.


Even today, Jesus is a master of disguises. He breaks into our lives in the guise of a fidgety baby or a cheerful octogenarian, a call for volunteers, in someone we've written off, in the face of a refugee. He disarms the barricades we put up to keep him out: our compulsive busyness, our mindless routine, our endless clutter. Jesus the Thief is so good at what he does that he can break in anywhere and anytime. Thank God!


And what does he steal? Our hearts, yes. And – if we let him – our very identity. And, we become him. That is when the Kingdom of God comes to life.

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