O Jesus, I will watch for your return.
Picture Jesus in the Jerusalem Temple with his disciples.
This text contains two parables. The first likens God to a thief who breaks in at an unexpected time. The second is a servant. He can be faithful to his work or he can get drunk because the master delays his return.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- We do not know when Jesus will return for us. Time is very uncertain.
- The disciple must always watch and pray.
- One servant faithfully serves the meals. The other gets drunk.
- For both Jesus will come, to reward the first and to punish the second.
- The faithful servant will be exalted and placed over the whole household.
- The other will be totally cast outside always lamenting the position that he lost.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, I will watch faithfully.
- For you I will stay awake.
- You come like a thief in the night. I will catch you and you will be mine forever.
- I will not count the hours of service. I will not think “My master delays.”
- If I had to serve you for 1,000 years, it would be as one day.
- O Jesus, never let me be separated from you or be cast out of the Father’s house.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will be faithful to my daily devotions.
+ Today, I will do the works intended by my Heavenly Father.
Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation.)
You must be ready, because you do not know when the Son of Man will come.