20 Nov 2019: Be faithful till the end

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Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: 2 MC 7:1, 20-31, Lk 19:11-28

The master appreciates the faithful slaves by saying, “You have been faithful in small things…” Mother Theresa says, “you have been called to be faithful and not to be successful.” The quality of a person is known by his attention and concern for small things and the faithfulness with which he does event the minutest details. Proverbs 3: 3-4 says, “Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you. Bind them around your neck and write them as the tablet of your heart.” It is interesting to note that the master was not the holiest of people available. From the scripture itself we get to know the character of this man. He was exacting, reaping what he has not sown, demanding and was quite hated by people so much so when he went to be anointed as king, people sent delegation asking the higher authorities not to appoint him as king. But even then the servants were faithful to him in carrying out the task that he had demanded of them. The message that Jesus gives is that whatever the life situation we may be in, we have to be faithful to the duties entrusted to us. One of the highest forms of faithfulness is fidelity to the faith received. Christianity is all about Christ and bearing witness to him. Bearing testimony to him even in moments of difficulties, problems and sufferings is real faithfulness to the faith that we have been entrusted with. Jesus promises that such a person who inspires others with his life of fidelity will be rewarded much more. Revelation 2: 10 says, “Be faithful till the end and I will give you the crown of life.”

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