Mon. Apr 15th, 2024

Thursday of Week 21 – 1 Cor 1:1-9; Ps 145; Matthew 24:42-51

At work

It’s not about being working hard. But about what work belongs to me.

“Stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming”. No, it isn’t about not sleeping. Rather, to always do what belongs to me. So that when the Lord returns, He will not find disorder, injury or injustice. So that when suddenly awoken from sleep, I would be able to quickly tell Him: there’s nothing bad going on in Your (!) house, it’s all in good order.

“Your” because in the end everything we have isn’t really ours. It’s been deposited with us, left with us by God to make sensible use of it. Even who we are – including our skills and abilities – is the gift of God. And this is not only to serve us but also are neighbours.

No, this isn’t just “in theory”. If I’m a husband, my talents are to serve my wife, children, parents, friends, neighbours – not excluding strangers. If a priest – all those who seek God – not excluding those who do not.

If in the end, I have to say: “I tried, but not everything worked out” – no problem. Worse, if instead of serving, I ran amok, and my time was filled with revelry. Then, there’ll be weeping and grinding of teeth . . .