Luke 12:35-40 Reflection: Blessed are the Vigilant Servants

A reading from the gospel according to Luke 12:35-40

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.
39 Be 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.
40 You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Reflection: Vigilance

Jesus has come to redeem us by His death and resurrection. Through our baptism, we became children of God and members of His family. By our sins, however, we continually wander away from God’s presence. This only means that the work of redemption is far from over. It is because the enemy works non-stop to draw us to sin and death. Will this tug-of-war between good and evil ever come to a stop?

The answer is a resounding YES. Jesus will come again in His full glory and everything will come under His Kingship and lordship! The enemy will be crushed once and for all. The good will triumph over evil. This is our faith. This is our hope.

The time and hour of His second coming is not known to anyone. It can be tomorrow or next Saturday or 100 years from now. No one knows but He will surely come. Our problem is not actually the time when He will come but our preparation. Are we ready for it.

The gospel reading teaches us to be vigilant like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding. We need to be ready at any time of the day so that when our Lord and savior finally comes, He finds us fully prepared. He will then embrace us and lead us to His eternal kingdom.

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