A dying king named Bagda did not yet have any successor. His chancellor advised him to choose between two of his best servants. And he did. He asked one of them: “Quarum, if you are a king, what kind of a king shall you be?” Quarum answered: ‘I will rule by decrees and command the people with severity.” The King asked the same question to Rostrum. He answered: “I will continue to be as I am a servant.” “What do you mean?” the King asked. He replied: “The only difference between a king and a servant is a throne. The true king is the one who serves.” Rostrum became King Bagda’s successor.

Today, God calls us once more to be faithful to the life and words of Jesus as we await the end of time, his second coming. How are we to await him? Let us look to Jesus, the faithful servant. Despite criticisms, rejection, pain and suffering, he remained faithful in the love of His Father, fulfilling the mission entrusted to Him – to proclaim the reign of God to all. It was his experience of being the Beloved Son of his father that helped him to be a faithful servant. This is what St. Paul meant when he admonished the Ephesians to be good and faithful stewards of God’s grace.

To be a steward is to be a caretaker. All Christians are caretakers. Caretakers of everything we own and have including our life, because it’s a gift from God. Therefore, we must use it for his glory; we must use it to praise and worship him; we must use it to work for him; we must use it to stand for the truth; we must use it to speak up against bad governance; we must use it to put smiles on people’s faces through good works, charity, prayer, kindness, working for the growth of the kingdom of God both here and hereafter. This is what God desires of us today and always. And on that day, he’ll say: Well-done wise and faithful servant, inherit the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world, for I was hungry and you gave me to it, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, a stranger and welcomed me, imprisoned and you came to see me…. For whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, you did to me. May God help us through Christ our Lord. Amen!



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