Eighth Sunday after Trinity 11-08-19

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Expecting God  Luke 12. 32 – 40

The Old Testament and the New Testament both talk about God coming to people. For instance Isaiah in chapter 40 proclaims that God comes with might and God comes to feed his flock like a shepherd and gather the lambs in his arms and carry them in his bosom. Jesus also in the gospels mentions about his second coming in several instances. He uses various imageries to help us to understand the glory and the nature of his coming. In the Gospel text from Luke, our Lord Jesus Christ is seen to be giving his disciples a new outlook to life. Life has to be lived in eager anticipation for God who is depicted here as the master and the people are his servants called to serve God. Jesus asks his disciples to ‘be dressed for action’, to be working for him and waiting for his return. It is about being ready to start a journey and it is about waiting for a very special visitor who is the master about to come at any time. Jesus says ‘keep your lamp lit’. This is an expression to denote expectation. This is in contrast to a laid back or a routine life where we are used to our regular routine tasks and work where people live thinking everything is going to be the same nothing new is going to happen. The expectation is for the return of the master who has gone for a wedding. The master is going to return, and the master is going to come suddenly in an unexpected moment and knock at the door. It is interesting that the servants are not going in search of the master but the master is going to come to those who are serving him. The master is not going to return to give more tasks to the servants. The master is aware that his workers are now tired and exhausted and therefore when he comes he will call them to him and the master is going to serve his servants. He will make the servants sit down and he himself will serve them food to eat. This is very similar to the manner Isaiah talks about a God who comes to his people. What a joy for the servants to hear that their master is going to return to take care of them and to feed them. As our Lord Jesus tell this story of the master and the slaves, Jesus asks his disciples to be in eager anticipation for the Son of Man who is going to come at an unexpected hour. Jesus knows that his disciples are carrying heavy burdens and they are worn out because of their burdens. When we carry heavy burdens of worries, anxieties and these are burdens you could not avoid, this is when life becomes a boring and sometimes a painful routine. Jesus asks his disciples to wait for him who is going to come with love and to care those who are carrying heavy burdens. He comes into our world, our life and he comes to free us from the burdens and to serve his disciples. For this to happen, we are expected to wait for the knock at the door. To open the door and let the master come in. Jesus says, those who wait in eager anticipation for God are blessed. We wait by carrying on our day-to-day task of doing good to people around us and with great love for Jesus, pray Maranatha. Come Lord Jesus. This was the concluding prayer in the book of Revelation and this is our ongoing prayer. In this expectation, we are affirmed that pain will end, tears will end, war and violence will end, anxieties and troubles will end when he returns. Wait for him. Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus. Amen.