Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Homily for 19 Oct 2016

19 Oct 2016

Jesus says some obvious things.  For instance, “If the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.”  And our response is, “Well, of course!”  When we look to the West and see dark clouds coming our way, we don’t start working outside in the garden; we get inside and prepare ourselves for the storm.  And if we knew somebody was going to break into our house, we’d be on the lookout!  It’s obvious.

Jesus says an equally obvious thing when he talks about the lazy servant—that “the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour.”  And, again, our response is, “Well, of course!”  If he’s not paying attention, then everything’s going to be unexpected.  Jesus says some obvious things today.

And, by that, maybe he’s trying to wake us up to some of the obvious.  Maybe he’s trying to say, “If you want me to answer you, then spend more time listening, and less time talking.”  Or maybe he’s trying to say, “If you want me to lead you, then you’re going to have to trust me.”  And that makes sense.

As we start a new day today, let’s see if we can pay more attention—not necessarily to the intricacies of what God is saying, but just to the obvious.  You know, those things we so easily get accustomed to and forget, like: Love God, love your neighbor, forgive others . . . you know, the obvious, the basics.

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