Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Luke 12:39-48
When Peter asks the Lord, "Is this parable meant for us or for everyone?", I imagine the Lord taking a good long look at Peter - with love and perhaps a little pity - before He answers. As if thinking, maybe this time, if He says it in a different way, Peter will finally understand that we are all, including Peter, called to be entrusted with the world. There is no "us or everyone." We are one and the same.
In this gospel, Jesus teaches us that as followers of Christ we are all called to the same set of rules, to the same set of expectations. All. Not some. Not a few.
If we believe in Jesus, we are all called.
And because of this, we are held to a higher standard. Is there is mercy and compassion for those who come late to the game? Yes. But for those who are following Him now, we know and accept the expectations every time we profess His name. The way we live our lives should reflect this.
As Christians, the bar has been set high. It means that in every encounter, in every exchange, in everything we do, we must act as Christ has taught us. And by we, I mean me.
In what ways are you meeting the expectations set for you as a follower of Christ?
Lord, prepare my heart and mouth to uphold Your truths and to be ever ready for Your return.
Copyright 2021 Laura K. Roland
About the Author
Laura K. Roland is a cradle Catholic. She and her husband of 31+ years have 3 children and have recently added a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law to their ever-growing family. A former Catholic educator, she co-founded the women’s ministry Encounter Grace in 2018 and is a speaker, writer, mentor, and host of the new podcast, Short Story Longer.