In the first reading today, we begin St. Paul’s first Letter to the Corinthians. St. Paul reassures his readers that “(God) will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” Which reminds me…are you “fellowshipping” with Jesus today?
In our Gospel reading from Matthew 24, Jesus charges His disciples to “Stay awake!” He then goes on to tell the story of two servants. The first always takes care of the master’s business; always ready for his arrival. The second, though, is a wicked servant. Thinking that his master will be away for a long time, he begins to “beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards.” The master comes home at an unexpected time, and the wicked servant pays the price.
The wicked servant suffered from a very common malady: complacency. He figured he had all the time in the world, so he gave in to his baser passions. We must always guard against complacency in our spiritual lives. We should always strive to be growing, making sure that we are about the master’s business. Sure enough, the moment we become complacent is the moment that the master will return.
Father, help us to avoid complacency. Help us to be ever on our guard, always being about the Master’s business, until He returns in glory. Amen.