10/24/2023 (Tuesday) Today’s gospel reading: 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.”
10/24/2023 (Tuesday) Today’s gospel reflection / homily / sermon: Luke 12:35-38
There are two ways by which we meet physically our Savior Jesus Christ. We may meet Him at the end of our life or we can meet Him in His second coming. Either way, we shall meet Him one day. No doubt about it. The question is, are we ready to meet Him. Suppose we die at this moment or He will come right now, are we ready to see Him face to face?
When we say “ready”, it means we have prepared thoroughly our “loin” and that our light is shining when He comes. That means, we are confident that He shall bring us to the mansion He has prepared for His faithful servants.
The gospel reading above is telling us to be ready for that fateful moment when we shall meet the Lord. It is a fitting reminder for us to make full use of each day, for each hour and minute, that we are still alive in order to prepare. It is not yet too late to wear the loin of faith, hope and love. It is not yet too late to light a candle in our dark corners.
That is what makes each moment in our life valuable. While we are patiently waiting for that very moment of meeting our creator, there is the “meantime or meanwhile”. Between now and the moment of meeting is a great opportunity to do something worthwhile. Each minute of each hour of every day must all be a preparation of that meeting. It doesn’t mean we panic. It only means we can’t afford to be idle and ignore the call to prepare.
There is always something to do. We can pray at this very moment. We can help somebody in need. We can read an inspirational book especially the bible or we can rest in order to regain our strength. Above all, enjoy each moment while preparing, knowing that the King of kings and the Lord of lords is coming and He will take His beloved children with Him to paradise!