The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples:
“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,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.”
Reflection (Sem. Edgar Calma):
The Gospel invites us to be more vigilant and remain faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of all the challenges and struggles in life. Let us draw the example and inspiration from the vigilant and faithful servants in the Gospel, who patiently waited for the arrival of their master from a wedding feast. They are ready to open the door immediately when he comes and knocks. Because of this behaviour, the master will be pleased and the servants will get their appropriate approval from him.
It is very challenging to be always vigilant and remain faithful to the Gospel values. As we have seen and heard from the news, there are a lot of issues and sinfulness in our society today that contradicts Gospel values such as greed, corruption, immorality, lies and selfishness. But despite the grave and serious issues we have in our midst, we can also find people who are lighting their lamps and girding their loins to inspire, lead and light the way for other people. People who are ready to stand up and fight for what they believe is consistent with the Gospel values. People who have thought and discerned on the issues and would like to express themselves within the bounds of the law and morality. People who would like to be vigilant and remain faithful to what is right and true.
To be more vigilant and remain faithful is not an overnight exercise. It is a discipline and lifetime commitment, because we will never know when the master will arrive. In the context of our Christian life, the call to live and be faithful to Christ is a daily invitation and witnessing. It should manifest in our dealings with other people, in the daily discharge of our tasks and functions in our work areas and locations. Being conscious and living the Gospel values daily will be the strong foundation for us to remain faithful and ever vigilant in standing and fighting for what we believe is right and true. This invitation is not only for a few, but, for all of us Christians. Like the vigilant and faithful servants, acquiring the discipline and commitment, will make a big difference in our faith and as a true follower of Christ.