A reading from the gospel according to Luke 12:35-38
Jesus said to his disciples:
35 “Gird your loins and light your lamps
36 and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
37 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.
38 And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.”
Pointers for Reflection:
1. Gird your loins.
It is just like saying “fasten your seatbelt, get ready” for we don’t know the time that Jesus will come again (Matthew 25:13) or that death will arrive. We should always be ready to meet our Creator. Therefore it is necessary that we maintain a pure heart and mind at all times because God is perfect and we cannot meet Him if we are full of grave sins. Of course we can never be as perfect as God but if we abide in Him, His mercy will be upon us.
2. Light your lamps.
Let your light shine. Do not hide it. It is a sin of omission when there was darkness and you did not give light (Matthew 5:14-16).
3. Be like servants who await their master’s return.
There is virtue in waiting. It fosters patience and perseverance. More importantly, it gives us time to prepare. May we have that attitude of longing to finally be with Him forever.
This verse is in contrast to the Parable of the Prodigal Son wherein the Father was the one who waited for the return of His son. While we get ready to meet our Creator, let us continue to glorify God who is patiently waiting for the return of His prodigal children.
4. Be like servants who are ready when the master comes and knocks.
In Revelation 3:20, Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me”. May we be able to listen to His knocking and gently open our heart to welcome Him.
5. Blessed are those vigilant servants.
God is not blind to people who have faith in Him and put their faith to practice. He gives his abundant blessings to them.