Gospel: Luke 12:35-38
Be ready, dressed for service, and keep your lamps lit, like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding. As soon as he comes and knocks, they will open the door to him. Happy are those servants whom the master finds wide-awake when he comes. Truly, I tell you, he will put on an apron, and have them sit at table, and he will wait on them. Happy are those servants, if he finds them awake when he comes at midnight or daybreak!
“Happy are those servants whom the master finds wide-awake when he comes.”
There will be an end of time. An ordinary understanding of this is that it points to the end of the world. However, some would maintain that this may also mean the end of one’s life (death) if one will not survive to witness the world’s end. But let’s face it, many are scared of the end of time. Probably because of its accompanying catastrophic and cataclysmic occurrences. There will be horrifying scenes of loss and destruction. Fortunately, Sacred Scriptures gives us a better picture. The end of time is not just about disasters, it is also about the return of the Lord, something we should not be sacred of but look forward to.
The Lord’s return is certain (cf. Acts 1:11; Rev. 22:12). But the certainty of this return is not certain, meaning we do not know exactly when. But this is not of concern to us. What is important is that when this happens, the Lord will find us actively prepared: doing service in his household (the Church), faith- ful to him, watching, and waiting. Great shall be the reward of the servant found not lazy but eagerly anticipating for the Master’s re- turn. There will be a great reversal. Instead of the Master enjoying the feast, the servant will be blessed with it which is no other than the participation in the great banquet of heaven.
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