Be Prepared

Luke 12: 35-38
Rom 5:12,15b,17-21 / Psa 40

Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open the door when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
(Luke 12:35-36)

Blessed are they who are prepared
To serve in any circumstance;
From fears and dangers they are spared
Who live a life of vigilance.

(Jesus said), “Gird your loins and light your lamps, and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open the door immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant upon his arrival. Truly I tell you, he will put on an apron, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak.” (Luke 12:35-38)

Reflection

Some high school batchmates emailed about the urgency of organizing a reunion, and producing a souvenir program to commemorate our 50th anniversary. “Look around you, man. We’re dying off like flies!” It’s true. Hardly a week passes that we do not learn about somebody we know succumbing to stroke, cardiac arrest, cancer, renal failure, and even to forces of nature. So, what have we been doing about it?

Some of us were prudent in our younger years, preparing for the unknown future by diligently building up our businesses or careers, securing educational plans for our children, getting insurance protection, and setting aside money for emergencies. In the process of accumulating such ‘financial and material buffers’ however, many of us may have neglected our physical conditions, or worse, our family relationships, especially our marriage. In our ‘golden years’ we came to realize that being prepared financially is not enough if we have neglected fitness, family, and most of all, faith.

The most important thing in life is to be vigilant spiritually. How do we know that we are spiritually prepared? When we make prayers a constant habit: upon waking up, before meals, the noon hour, the 3 o’clock Divine Mercy minute, the Angelus at 6, before bed. By making God’s Word (the Bible) a daily routine. By receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist of the Mass not only during Sundays. By associating with like-minded, Spirit-filled Christians who also put a premium on being spiritually prepared.

Be Prepared all the time. To lend a helping hand, rather than be turned off by other people’s problems. To respond with gentle words, rather than let our emotions make worse an already bad situation. To be humble in victory, and maintain composure in defeat. To steer clear when temptations come along, but resolutely strive onward when the good is at stake. To evangelize anytime, anywhere, ‘anyone who moves’ and is moved. Vigilance means being ready to seize the opportunity to serve the Lord God with gladness, and always strive for righteousness.

Our Lord reminds us in today’s Gospel that we do not know the time or the hour when our time will come to leave this life. That’s why we must always be ready to go – bags packed, all our affairs in order. “You never know the day or the hour.”

When the final hour in my life arrives, may I be prepared to meet You, Lord, bold and brave, with a smile on my lips, and joy in my heart. Amen.

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