Fr Prodencio Bognay, Assistant Priest at St Agnes’ Catholic Parish, reads from the Gospel of Luke (12: 39-48) in which Jesus tells his followers to stand ready for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.Fr Prodencio says our Gospel story today somehow provides us with a mental picture of the early Christians’ belief on what happens during the ‘Parousia’ or the second coming of Jesus. Jesus, who is also known as the Son of Man, is compared to a master while everybody else is compared to a servant. One of the popular beliefs during the time of Jesus is that a good prophet or an outstanding person would come back alive after his death. This is because death was strongly considered as punishment of sin and so a good person would just not die just like any sinners. During the time of the early Christians, the second coming of Jesus was seen as the ultimate judgement day where every single individual has to account for his own life. Fr Prodencio says, nowadays, the emphasis of our faith is no longer about the fear of punishment. It is rather about the sheer joy of experiencing the wonders of life for doing what is right. In closing, Fr Prodencio invites us to continue striving to achieve the best that we can be, not because of fear nor because of competition, but because of the love of experiencing the best in this life.
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