Chapters 24 and 25 of Matthew are often called the “Eschatological discourse.” The last of the 5 such discourses in that gospel. It deals with the coming new age, the events that precede it, and the lifestyle of the disciples during the waiting period. Today’s gospel reading calls for vigilance because the Son of Man’s coming will be like a thief in the night (unexpected). The parable in verses 45-51 is very timely. It is the parable of the faithful and unfaithful slave. The question is: will those in authority faithfully discharge their office or will they abuse others and take advantage of others.