Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 19 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Romans 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21
Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Jesus instructs us through a new beatitude.
"Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival."
The themes of readiness and watchfulness are familiar ones, especially in the later chapters of the Synoptic Gospels. It is work, to be ready, to welcome the master -- and do more work! "Gird your loins," pull up the outer garment and tie it up out of the way of the feet. The instruction here tells us, again, that Jesus is returning. He is returning at an unexpected time.
The Word of God speaks to the heart about belief in the Master. Does the disciple accept "He will come to judge the living and the dead" (the Creed). Some of the early Christians did not think they had to work very hard or at all while waiting for the Lord's return. The disciple with loins girt is at work. Vigilance and wakefulness are qualities of this life following Christ.
The parable is not intended to suggest people should not meet ordinary needs of sleep and eating, duties taking care of others (the parable of the Good Samaritan) and also oneself. It is elevating the task of readiness for Jesus, as He chooses to manifest Himself in a life and for Him as the judge of the living and the dead to a dominant place in daily prayer, reflection on the Eucharist, and the manner and purpose of work.
~ Rev. Stephen H. Gratto
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