Next Sunday’s Readings – August 7, 2016

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 18:6-9    Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19    Luke 12:32-48


Meditation: What is the greatest joy and treasure we could possibly possess? The Lord Jesus promises that those who seek God and his kingdom first will not be disappointed (Luke 12:32, Matthew 6:33). The Lord Jesus offers us the greatest treasure possible – but we must first seek it and make it our true joy and possession above all else. We naturally want to have and keep whatever we think will bring us happiness, peace, and security. Jesus offers a priceless treasure and source of abundant joy and security that is worth selling all else for.

The Lord knocks at our door – will we answer him?
What is the meaning of the parable of the master who returns from a wedding feast to his home in the middle of the night (Luke 12:35-40)? The door to one’s house in the ancient world was usually bolted from the inside, especially at night to keep out thieves and troublemakers. It was not possible to enter from the outside without help from someone inside. Household attendants (domestic servants) who knew their master’s voice were expected to be always vigilant and prepared to unbolt the door and let him in without a moment’s delay. This required an attentive watchfulness and listening ear for any sign of the master’s approach. No distraction, not even sleep, could be allowed to interfere with the preparation for the master’s return. If the servants failed to hear the voice of their master’s return, they literally shut him out since he could not unbolt the door from the outside – only they could open the door from within and allow him to enter. Their failure to welcome and serve the master on his return brought shame and dishonor.

If the Lord Jesus knocked on your door today would you be ready and eager to receive him? He wants us to be prepared for his coming – today, tomorrow, at the hour of our departure from this life (our death), and when he comes again at the end of this present world to judge all living and dead. The Lord will reward those who have believed in him. The Lord Jesus knocks on the door of our heart each and every day. Do we listen to his word and receive it with trust and joy. The Lord calls to each of us and he says, “Listen! I am standing and knocking at your door. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and we will eat together” (Revelations 3:20). Do you hunger for the Lord and for the treasure of his kingdom?

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