29Week in ordinary Time
Gospel: Lk 12: 35-38
Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed 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. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.”
ALWAYS READY: The first reading alerts us that if we are always ready and repentant, we shall receive Jesus Christ. Just as the death of one brought death to many, Jesus will avail His gifts to many. In the Gospel, Jesus is asking His disciples to gird their loins and keep their lamp stands ready with light. Jesus praises the servants who will be found always ready. Our life upon this world, is meant to be always vigilant because the devil is perpetually out to make us fall. As Christians, may we keep our lamp stands ready by showing the light of God to those in darkness. May we keep our relationship with God always active and warm through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. When we do this, Christ will find us ready when he comes.
PRAYER: Lord, help us to live a righteous life as we wait for your second coming.
EVER READY: Waiting and living in hope does not mean inactivity. Hope does not imply laziness or lack of commitment. Rather, waiting is to be ready at any moment. We wait as the one who is ever ready at the service of the Lord. Hope is an active readiness. Hence, waiting implies working as if everything depends on us, but always knowing that everything depends on God. The Father has granted us gifts which are responsibilities rather than privileges. Hope makes us wait in an effective preparedness, mobilizing all our energies to multiply our talents at the service of the Kingdom of justice and peace.