Dependence on God
32Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.
33Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.
34For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
35"Gird your loins and light your lamps
36and be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
37Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
38And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.
39Be sure of this: 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.
40You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."
41Then Peter said, "Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?"
42And the Lord replied, "Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute (the) food allowance at the proper time?
43Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.
44Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.
45But if that servant says to himself, 'My master is delayed in coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk,
46then that servant's master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
47That servant who knew his master's will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely;
48and the servant who was ignorant of his master's will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.