ephesians 2:12-12; Ps 85 The Lord speaks of peace to his people; Luke 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. 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."
This week I have had several funerals and I have a few more up head. The ages of these persons who have made the transition from this life to the life to come is quite the contrast: 31, 92, 62. They certainly have the first, second, and third watch covered.
Once again life has a way of reminding us all of just how valuable and precious our time is. It also reminds us that we should not take any moment for granted. We should strive to be ready to open at any moment.
Each day calls for an attentiveness and a deep awareness of the nudging of God. As we practice responding to his promptings daily, opening immediately our life to his presences and his will then we will find ourselves ready no matter what hour of our life we are called to be with him.
This is the hope that St Paul speaks of in the first reading, "without hope with out God in the world." In Christ Jesus we have become near by the blood of Christ. In Christ the dark door of tomorrow has been thrown open wide. The mystery of what lies ahead is less mysterious because of Christ. He has gone before us.
We do have an inside scoop so to speak if we trust the witness he brings as he journeys form death to life and holds a promise out to us.
We cannot live as if this world is as good as it gets and yet in embracing the hope we have in Christ then we strive to make this world better through our service of one another in Christ.
Practice opening immediately to the nudging of God today. Be the servant.