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Periodic contributions from Revd. Giles King-Smith, Vicar of the three coastal parishes. We also continue to show contributions from the late Associate Minister Revd. Linda Walters
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Slaving away

I was struck by words of Jesus at the end of today's Gospel reading: "Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives" (Matthew 24:46). Leaving aside the question of whether I'm happy to be described as a slave, there is the thing about working hard being a pre-condition for Jesus' approval "when he arrives".

I'm not a great fan of hard work (as you might have gathered), and in this context I'm reminded of the T-shirt worn by some Christians to send themselves up: "Look busy, Jesus is coming!" Does Jesus really want busy, scurrying followers? Is he impressed by how much I've achieved (or not) "for the Kingdom"? Or is the real work to be done something quite different from our idea of unrelenting activity?

Perhaps the real work is to develop a quality of life, founded on compassion and generosity, which mustn't be shirked but cannot be measured. The previous verse gives us a clue: "Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time?" In other words, am I (are you) working to sustain and strengthen and encourage all those around us? Not ceaseless busy-ness, but care and kindness at the right time. We can do this, indeed we are already doing this, one way or another - and it's not insignificant, it's the work of the Kingdom of God.


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