Romans 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21
Luke 12:35-38


Being ready for the Lord was a big theme for the writers of the gospels. Today’s gospel emphasizes the need to live our lives in a state of readiness for the day the Lord will come “like a servant waiting for the master’s return”. But it is also about the act of being prepared or ready for any immediate actions.

What does this mean for us today?

We are reminded that the Lord comes at the most unexpected time of our lives and encourages us to become more observant towards our surroundings. We need to be open to the various ways that Jesus comes amongst us, to listen and observe where we can serve God when he calls us. The preparedness itself should not be a reason for us to be afraid of what will happen in the future but rather to take it as our motivation to do what’s best according to the Lord’s message. Our preparedness requires that we act and let our light continue to shine.

The spirit of faith invites us to search for God’s will of for us. In relation to today’s gospel, God wanted us to place our trust in him and to be always prepared for the day that he will call us.

How prepared are you?

Joanne McGrath is a parishioner of St Brigid’s Marrickville and a Passionist Companion.

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