Tuesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saints John De Brebeuf—(1593-+1649) Isaac Jogues (1607-+1646) and Companions, Martyrs
Romans 5:12, 15b, 17-19,20b-21, Psalm 40-7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17, & Luke 12:35-38
No matter how nasty life seems, God's grace will always prevail. I want to trust in that. However, the world makes it difficult. I want to be awake to God's love and the Good News of Jesus Christ. There, I said it! Unfortunately, our world is plagued by violence, war, poverty, injustice, hatred, intolerance, abortion, religious persecution, and more. Sometimes the world seems powerless to protect us from the cheat, the backstabber, the bully, and others who hold positions of power.
The first reading from Romans tells us that no matter how dark, no matter how bleak the landscape, God's light will rule. All that is required of us is to endure, wait with faith and hope, and be watchful. To be awake, alert, and prepared. Finally, to put first things first; God! In the Gospel narrative of Saint Luke, Jesus attempts to help us by using the example of vigilant servants waiting for their master's return. They are ready, alert, living their lives with the faithful expectation that the master will be back. They are not distracted.
Yet sometimes, we are distracted and we lose sight of why we are here. Sometimes we just cannot stay awake. To be vigilant, to avoid living in the kind of stupor that is our rushed and harried life, is more than we can do alone, and this is where God helps us. We need God, His Church, our families, our communities, our spiritual advisors, and all those who love us to help us focus on first things, on God's grace. God gives us these individuals to keep our focus on our Father in heaven. They and all our spiritual resources help keep us awake and vigilant. They help to keep our faith alive as God's great bright lights in the otherwise dark landscape.
Question of the Day: Will you be like the servant eagerly awaiting the master's return?
Prayer: "Be vigilant at all times and pray that you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man."