Gospel of Luke 12:39-48 Reflection:
Today’s gospel contains one of those phrases that often fills the Christian, particularly Catholics, with dread: “When a man has had a great deal given to him, a great deal will be demanded of him, when a man has had a great deal given to him on trust, even more will be demanded of him.”
All of us know in our hearts that we do not live up to the Christian ideal. But these words should not be taken as words of condemnation but as words of encouragement. Jesus knows that we have limitations, fears, hurts and everything else. All he really asks of us is that we try our best.
It is when we know that we are deliberately not trying that we should be afraid of these words: these acts of defiance of God as when we play with the dangers if sin, are the particular parts of our lives which we shall have to answer for.
If you are married and deliberately flirt with others for a bit of vicarious pleasure then you know in your heart that you are wrong. If you use money that is needed for bills to pay for things that are unnecessary but which make you feel good, then you know that you are doing wrong.
God has made us aware: do not be surprised when he asks us why we didn’t heed his promptings.