Luke 12: 35-48
"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. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves…. From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.
T“Live in the present,” with mindful awareness that God is already in your life. Reverence this presence, rejoice in it. It is demanding. The Song of Songs has a word: “I slept, but my heart was awake. Listen! my beloved is knocking. ‘Open to me,’”… 5:2-3
We need time, a certain stillness, silence of the mind and heart, and our own God spot! Aquinas sets the hurdle high. “The chief duty of my life is that everything that I say and everything that I feel speaks of God.”
God waits for the poor in heart. The condition of poverty seems to be a condition of his coming. Poverty of spirit, a sense of our own helplessness, inadequacy, our inability to cope. if asked God comes.
And yes, perhaps, we do need our own God spot; a favourite place in the kitchen where you can be with Himself over a cup of tea, in the car, walking, working in the garden, walking a field. Your own place in church, whatever helps us enter into presence.But the Gospel passage has another horizon, the second coming. From the moment we are born we stand on the shore of another life. Be prepared.
This is the Story of Jesus drawn from the four Evangelists
Gospel passages accompanied by a number of brief commentaries