Being Prepared

Luke 12: 35-38
Eph.2:12-22 / Psa 85:9-14

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 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.

”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. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself to serve, have them recline at table and proceed to wait on them. Blessed are 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

Our batchmates in high school were in a frenzy about the urgency of organizing our reunion three years ago, as the Golden Anniversary celebrants of our high school batch 1965. But some of us were cautious about getting too excited, because at our advanced age hardly a month passed that we did not learn about somebody in our batch succumbing to stroke or cardiac arrest.

We were more 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 had neglected our health, or worse, our family relationships, especially our marriage. Now in our ‘golden years’ we have come to realize that preparing financially was not enough if we had neglected fitness, family, and above 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-led Christians who also put a premium on being spiritually prepared.

Scientific research has proven that people who are more charitable live longer, healthier lives. So we must 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 magnanimous 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 anyone, anytime, anywhere.

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. Anytime, your number will be called, and when your time’s up, you’ll no longer be able to prepare.

When the final hour in my life arrives, Lord, may I be prepared to meet You. In the meantime, show me what I must do in order to be deserving of Your graces. Amen.

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