Thought for the Week

16 Nov 2017

“Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, and I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.” Matthew 25:20

The gospel reading for this coming Sunday points once again towards the establishment of the Kingdom of God.  Read these words for yourself.  Do you hear the Lord speaking them to you?  Does it surprise you that the Lord wishes to entrust you with great things?  The wonderful fact the One in whom all our trust should be placed chooses Himself to trust in us?

The readings as we approach the end of the Church’s year next week with the Solemnity of Jesus Christ the Universal King are prophetic in nature and encourage us to focus our attention and point us towards the end of days and the coming of the Son of Man – Jesus Christ – who will come with great power and glory.

What are these small things, which Jesus mentions? Well, they might be the Greatest Commandment that we heard about a few weeks ago also in Matthew’s Gospel.  Matthew as a Jew, was writing for Jews and reminding them of the Law of the Lord, which is the Law of Moses.  The Greatest Commandment of loving the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength would have been familiar and would have been attempted to be lived out by those who heard Jesus preaching.  His coming in flesh was not to abolish the Law or the Prophets but to complete them, to fulfil them to the uttermost.  Jesus was and is the embodiment and the personification of the Law.  His teachings, which centre on love, mercy, forgiveness, service and sacrifice, were lived by Him in every way.  Loving God with all that we are, all our whole selves and as children of God striving to love others, are the small things we can be faithful in doing.

As we continue through the month of November, it may be a painful time, especially if we have lost loved ones recently.  It may seem that there is no hope, just darkness and despair.  We may see November as being a time of hope.  Many do not and feel quite the opposite.  With a lack of natural light with the mornings much darker and the evenings shorter, this can affect many people at this time of the year.  Many people do feel they will only ever sit in spiritual darkness and they long for the light to come and brighten their circumstances.  They feel that they will always be in darkness with no chance of escape.

Not so!  Jesus is the Light of the World and He is a light that no darkness can ever quench, snuff out or destroy, no matter how bleak things may appear.  There is a message of hope.  The ‘good news’ of the Gospel of Christ as proclaimed by His Church tells us that the Lord, the Sovereign, Majestic, Holy God has the final word.  Not pain, loss, suffering, death, or fear.  The Risen and Glorified Lord has the final say.  At the end of all things, Our Lord and God will come for us.  He is coming to bring us into His kingdom of light, love, joy and peace where death is destroyed forever and life eternal is the prize of trusting and believing in Him.

Loving Lord Jesus, thank You that You are our King.  Because of Your wonderful love, by Your Dying and Rising again for us and through Your victory, we belong to Your beautiful Kingdom of light, love and peace.  We thank You that You are the Light of the World, a light no darkness can snuff out.  Come we pray, and lighten our darkness with the radiance of Your light.  Be our hope and strength when all we see around us is darkness and despair.  Radiant Dawn, shine upon our hearts and lead us and our loved ones to eternal happiness with You.  We ask this in Your name.  Amen