Christ is ever before us

– Memorial of St Elizabeth of Hungary –

As they were listening to this, [Jesus] went on to tell a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. So he said, “A nobleman … summoned ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, “Do business with these until I come back.” (Luke 19:11-13)

With the season of Advent fast approaching I am finding myself being drawn into a reflective place. I am being challenged to honestly look at my relationship with Jesus and how much I am truly and willingly investing into it.

Today’s gospel comes at the perfect time: we are nearing the end of the liturgical year and it can become very easy to simply go through the motions of faith during this transitional time. It can be easy to forget that the Kingdom is ever before us and that Jesus could literally show up at any tick of the clock.

There are seasons in our prayer lives when we are quick to act and invest all that Jesus has given us, and there may be times when we are timid and unsure of ourselves so we play it safe, sticking to what we know, protecting what was given to us, without risking anything.

This gospel reminds us that Christ is ever before us. He isn’t seasonal, or absent – he is our reality. The good news is, unlike the servants in today’s gospel, you and I have been given a second chance. So instead of going through the motions and taking our relationship with Jesus for granted, we should use this time (especially the season of Advent) to prepare, draw closer, and risk it all for Christ.

by Anne-Marie Williams

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