“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.”

This very short gospel excerpt continues Jesus discourse to His disciples, now urging them to be watchful (Lk 12:35-38).  He tells them to be like servants who are at all hours ready for their master’s return from a wedding.  They will be blessed, and even served by their master for being thus prepared.  So we too are to be vigilant for our Master’s, Jesus’, arrival.  We tend to think of this return as the Second Coming.  That is fine.  But we also must be ever mindful that we may well be meeting the Lord before the end of time at the end of our lives.  We do not know this day or hour either.  We must strive to always be in right relationship with God, praying, fasting, taking advantage of the sacraments He has so graciously given us.  But we can take this even further.  When does Christ “arrive” for us?  Certainly in the Eucharist.  How well do we prepare for this awesome gift?  Is it preceded by frequent Confession and a firm resolve to eliminate sin from our lives?  What about the Word we hear at Mass?  Are our ears attentive and our hearts disposed to the message He is imparting to us?  Last, but not least, Christ comes to us in our neighbor, that is our fellow man.  Sometimes the figure is distorted (just look in the mirror), but we know that “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mt 25:40).  Christ comes to us as often as we want.  Be vigilant and prepared!

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