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Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Eph 3:2-12
Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
Lk 12:39-48
Jesus tells his disciples the story of the master who is robbed because he did not
know that a thief would break into his home that night. So too, he says, all who
believe in him must live according to his teaching as no one knows when the Son
of Man will return. His disciples are incredulous that He might be including them
in this ˈwarningˉ. In fact he tells them, those who know him have even
sponsibility for their behavior than those who do not. Jesus then relates the par-
able of a servant who knows his master˅s will and the work he should be doing
while the master is away, but believing the master delayed chooses to ˈgoof-
aroundˉ instead. The master comes home at
this time catching him misbehaving and beats
this servant severely because he ˈknew bet-
terˉ. Another servant, also behaving in a way
deserving of a beating, was beaten only
ˈlightlyˉ because he was unaware of the mas-
ter˅s will. Jesus concludes these parables by
saying, ˈ
much will be required of the person
entrusted with much, and still more will be de-
manded of the person entrusted with more."
When I was very young I used to think that when Jesus said, ˈmuch will be re-
quired of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the
person entrusted with more"
he was referring to money or power. It didn˅t seem
fair to me that God seemed to deem people with a lot of material wealth or au-
thority particularly worthy.
Then, when I got a little older, it was explained that the ˈmuchˉ referred to in this
gospel is actually awareness of God˅s Truth. And those of us raised in the
knowledge of Christianity and Christ˅s love for all were held to a higher standard