Some writers may point to the materialistic nature of this gospel; isn’t it more about confidence in the Lord’s promises to us? And especially when it is paired with the Old Testament in which God assures Abram that Abram will be the father of many descendants. So, “if I had only known” should become “I know” because my God has told me so. How much more blessed could it be?
Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. . . . Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; . . . if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.”
From sermon4kids.com: “Playing a Treasure Hunt game is fun and books about pirates and hidden treasure may make for exciting reading, but building treasure in heaven is very serious business. Let’s ask God to help us to search for the right kind of treasure.”
Collect: Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: What does it mean to “desire a better country . . . a heavenly one” (Heb. 11:16)? How does looking forward to a heavenly home change the way we live on earth?
“Signs” (2002), “meaning of coincidences”; “The Sixth Sense” (1999), psychological thriller; “Double Jeopardy” (1999), “a film that celebrates doing all the wrong things for all the right reasons”
Image “Educating the rich on the earth” by Tom Otterness.
Read the gospel assigned for this day: what stands out in this gospel reading? In our time, what would it look like to be “dressed for action”, to “have lamps lit”? How does “trust” impact our thinking?