Jesus says that he will come at an unexpected time, like a thief in the night. Dan Finucane, SJ, reflects on how Jesus disrupts our expectations in order to reshape our priorities. Based on the readings for Sunday, August 7, 2022.
There’s been a break-in! Wait… Jesus… is that you?
Hi, my name is Dan Finucane and this is my One-Minute reflection.
Many of us like to keep our house in order, with everything in its place. We desire comfort, wishing nothing to be disturbed.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to be alert and vigilant. But he also tells us something unnerving: the break-in has already happened. He says:
“If the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.”
We often try to confine Jesus to where and when it is comfortable for us. But Jesus is like a thief. He uses the element of surprise to break in and disturb our way of ordering things. And he challenges us to arrange our lives not around our comfort, but around comforting others through love and seeking justice.
This will likely be unsettling and uncomfortable. Yet if we trust Jesus, we will have all we need.