32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 35“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; 36be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. 37Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them.38If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. 39“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
41Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?”42And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and prudent manager whom his master will put in charge of his slaves, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? 43Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. 44Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. 45But if that slave says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and if he begins to beat the other slaves, men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and put him with the unfaithful. 47That slave who knew what his master wanted, but did not prepare himself or do what was wanted, will receive a severe beating. 48But the one who did not know and did what deserved a beating will receive a light beating. From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.
I have a thing for bags and wallets, I like them but I don’t treat them with a lot of respect so they break, often.. So the concept of making purses for yourself that don’t wear out quite appealed to me.. As a sew – er I thought what would it be made of? and immediately came to mind a little purse I had as a kid, it had one of those metal clips on them that as a kid was really hard to open, my one was quite plain but in my mind I saw a beautiful patchwork one made up of all the bits and pieces you pick up along the way, stitched differently every time.. little peices of fabric like treasured memories.
It is interesting my little purse came to mind that was so hard to open because I do think this is what the reading is about. When the purse is closed there are two things that happen, no new things can go in and the things in there are not terribly useful. They are only useful when they are pulled out and given to another.. We like to hold onto things for a rainy day, but how often when it is raining do we actually use it or are we second guessing that this is the right time? For me the purse needed to be open, the contents available to share with others but also the space is made for God to be able to add more treasures into those things of our heart, because that is what God wants to do, give us the things of the kingdom. I love how often when we have the courage to be open and generous, prepared to share and care, how often that comes back to us threefold, which for me is what the next section of the reading is about, when the master serves the slave.
One of the things that stands out in all of this reading, is the reminder that faith is not a Sunday only , or a “when people are looking at me”experience, it is something that needs to be lived in everyday and every moment.. The being prepared, not being caught off guard, challenges us to ask how is what happening now in our life reflecting kingdom values?
The drawing this week raised a number of questions for me, what are the purses we make? where are the things of my heart stored? What are my treasures? What do I need to let go of? and what would I like to work on collecting? I have left the coins blank so if you want to you can draw or write on them the things you treasure, the things you hold onto or the things you need to let go of ,or you may like to ponder the things you would like to treasure. I love the various ways we can have conversations with God!