Homily for October 22, 2019

Jesus shocks His listeners with the image of the master of a household putting on an apron, inviting his servants to sit down at table, and then proceeding to wait on them. The scene would be very strange, completely in opposition to the normal social practice of His times, although it does call to mind Jesus washing the feet of His Apostles. Jesus blends the roles of master and servant in a most unconventional manner; normally, they are quite separate and distinct.

The master performs this gesture of honor to his servants in response to their faithful watchfulness. The LORD who supports us expects us to be faithful and alert, so that we are ready to open the door to Him, at whatever moment in time He arrives.

In the Book of Revelation, the Risen LORD says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” Jesus is always knocking at our door. If we welcome His daily coming, He will serve and support us in endless ways. +

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