Monday, October 21, 2019
TUESDAY, 29th Week in Ordinary Time
October 22, 2019 – TUESDAY, 29th Week in Ordinary Time
St. John Paul II, Pope
Rom 5: 12, 15b, 17 – 19, 20b – 21 / Lk 12: 35 – 38
Polish Pope St. John Paul II (1920 – 2005) had one of the longest pontificates (1978 – 2005) and was the most traveled Pope. Together with Pope St. John XXIII (1881 - 1963), he was canonized by Pope Francis on 27 April 2014, with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in attendance.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Rom 5: 17 – 19
If death reigned through the disobedience of one and only one person, how much more will there be a reign of life for those who receive the grace and the gift of true righteousness through one person, Jesus Christ. Just as one transgression brought sentence of death to all, so, too, one rehabilitation brought pardon and life to all; and as the disobedience of only one made many sinners, so the obedience of one person allowed a multitude to be made just and holy.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 12: 35 – 38
Jesus said, "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 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!"
In the first reading Paul reminds us that we, who lost our friendship with God through the disobedience of our first parents, were restored to God's friendship through the obedience of Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son.
The Gospel reading today reminds us, God's servants, to always be ready for the return and the accounting of God. It also tells us we do not know the day and the hour of his coming. It also assures us that the faithful servants are generously rewarded.
What does it mean to be "ready" for the return of the master? What does it mean to be "awake" and "dressed for service, with lamps lit," "like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding."
It means to live our lives well according to God's commandments, all the time. It means to do God's work in our lives, loving God and neighbor, and especially serving God in our neighbor.
"Lord, help us to be more aware of our daily encounters with you. Help us to be able to discern your calling and coming. Help us to be ready, especially when you come at the end of our lives, to open the door and welcome you. We pray that we would be servants of yours always ready and awake when you come. And give us your welcome in your kingdom of joy.."
FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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