“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom…for where your treasure is, there also will your heart be” Luke 12: 32ff.). Jesus reminds us today that of all God’s marvelous creation, WE, you and me and every person is the treasure God holds closest to his heart.
Isn’t this why, centuries ago, God chose the faith-filled but unlikely Abraham (2nd reading) and promised to make his descendants as numerous as the stars or the sand on the seashore? Isn’t this why God later ordered the reluctant Moses to lead the enslaved Hebrews to freedom and a new life as the chosen people of God? (1st reading). And isn’t this why Jesus mirrored his Fathers’ love for us by accepting a human nature like ours, by walking among us, by experiencing our joys and sorrows, our sufferings and dying, our resurrection and everlasting union with the Father, whom the gospel today reveals is pleased to give the kingdom to US, his little flock and treasure of his heart?
This gift of God’s love to us is gratuitous, yet demands that we act as good and vigilant servants of one another, and not abuse the authority and responsibilities that go with every vocation. The gospel warns: much, and even more, will be required of the person entrusted with much or more. The gospel also announces that the Master himself will serve his faithful servants at table, just as today, Jesus invites each of his little flock to dine with him at every Eucharist and enjoy his kingdom.
Please reflect today on this question: is there a greater love?
Let us pray:
Being the focus of such preferential love
is overwhelming Lord.
May every member of your much loved little flock
always be good servants deserving to be
the treasure of your heart. Amen
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)