Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
We have all heard of the story of a teenage boy's parents going off somewhere for the weekend, and leaving him in charge of the house while they are away. No sooner are they gone than the boy invites his friends over to party and have a good time. Then, unexpectedly, the parents return home because they forgot something, and on their return, they are mortified that their house is in such disarray from teenage boys and girls they had never seen before. Needless to say, their son is going to have some explaining to do. He will not only be grounded, but also, it will take a long time, if ever, before his parents will trust in him again.
As with the boy's parents, so it is in today's parable. The master returned at an unexpected moment and found those he left in charge failing his trust in them. The same is true for us. We do not know when our Lord will come, but taking our cue from these two stories, it would be a good idea to have our moral and spiritual lives in order. Whenever He does return, we can be sure it will be a surprise!
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne