Be in Readiness

35 "1Be dressed in 2readiness, and keep your lamps lit.
36 "Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks.
37 "Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find 3on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that 4he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.
38 "5Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
39 "6But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be 7broken into.
40 "8You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect."
41 Peter said, "Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or 9to everyone else as well?"
42 And 10the Lord said, "11Who then is the faithful and sensible 12steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time?
43 "Blessed is that 13slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.
44 "Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
45 "But if that slave says in his heart, 'My master will be a long time in coming,' and begins to beat the slaves *, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk;
46 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
47 "And that slave who knew his master's will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will 14receive many lashes,
48 but the one who did not 15know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. 16From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

Christ Divides Men

49 "I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!
50 "But I have a 17baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!
51 "18Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division;
52 for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.