Today’s readings invite us to ask ourselves: what would we ask of Jesus should he appear suddenly? “What do you want me to do for you?” What would you ask for?
Today’s Gospel reminds us that we all need to transfer our focus from whatever entices us to what it takes to build up the Kingdom. If we bury our lives in idle pursuits, we will wind up like the third servant, trapped in darkness outside. Today’s readings remind us to live as children of light, continuing God’s own investment in us. Only by doing this can we prepare ourselves to share in the fullness of God’s joy.
Today’s Gospel is the Parable of the Dishonest Judge. It stresses “persistence.” We need to be persistent, for example in our prayers. We need to be persistent in our attempts to do the right; to do good for others.
God’s Kingdom is like a child who is growing but hasn’t reached adulthood, yet. the Kingdom of God is here but not yet. We’re meant to help it grow until Jesus’ Second Coming when it will reach maturity.
“The Kingdom of God is among you.” it is the teaching and ministry of Jesus that manifests the coming of God’s Kingdom. It is here but not yet fulfilled. It will be fulfilled at Jesus’ Second Coming. We live between the two comings. We need to work to help bring the Kingdom about. What are you doing?
Jesus cures 10 lepers, only one comes back to give thanks to God and he’s a Samaritan. The Samaritan recognizes the power of God working through Jesus. The point is that salvation is open to anyone.
It seems that there are awards for anything and everything. Children even get trophies for just being on a team, not just the winning team. Jesus reminds us that we are servants of God. We show that by being of service to others. We have no claim to anything. There is no award, no statue, no certificate, no plaque. (There is heaven) We are stewards. Don’t expect an “Atta Boy,” or a BZ gram. We are to do what Jesus tells us. Jesus not only taught us this but also lived it! He asks no less of each of us.