Oct. 20, 2015 Tuesday: 29th Week in Ordinary Time B
[Jesus said to his disciples] “Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks.” LUKE 12:35–36
We encounter ordinary people dressed for action in uniforms and expect them to be ready and available for some form of service. We see firefighters, police officers, doctors, nurses, and paramedics, expecting them to be ready to respond to emergencies, wait on us. We see salesclerks at the mall, expecting them to be ready to assist us. We see Girl and Boy Scouts, expecting them to be prepared to do volunteer work.
We also encounter people whose situation calls us to be dressed for action. We need to be ready to provide food for the poor and shelter for the homeless. We need to be ready to visit the sick and the elderly. We need to be ready to assist undocumented immigrants. We need to be ready to advocate for victims of abuse and domestic violence. We need to be ready to mentor troubled children and youth. We need to be ready to respond with compassion to anyone who is suffering.
At baptism, we became disciples of Christ and dressed for action. We were commissioned to continue Christ’s work. The gospel reminds us that we cannot just wait for Christ’s coming. Each of us is expected to be ready and available to offer God’s compassion to all people, especially to those whose lives have been shattered. We prepare each day for Christ’s coming by serving others with a joyful heart.
Ponder: How do I prepare for Christ’s coming?
Prayer: Lord, I am grateful for your gift of eternal life to those who believe in you. Give me patience as I complete your work on earth.
Rev. Warren J. Savage & Mary Ann McSweeny