Posted by: livingscripture | October 20, 2015

29th Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Gird your loins and light your lamps and be ready.”     

(Luke 12: 35)

How should we live this Wordrisen Jesus 1

 Vigilance is the central attitude of this parable from Jesus’ discourse.  He has just ended His observation on avarice and the incapacity to entrust oneself to God’s Providence.  Now He speaks of the need to be on guard, of being attentive to what is happening and live as though ready to depart.  In fact, Jesus gives an interpretation of vigilance, not as a type of control for the safety and defense of what we have and are.  For Him, vigilance is being clothed, with the lamps lit.  These are signs of preparation for a journey that may begin even at night, suddenly.  The vigilance of Jesus brings signs of an attentiveness of what is not here yet; of something we expect to arrive that we want to receive because it is our salvation.  It is an eschatological attitude.  It is the expression of hope clothed in behaviors that are incomprehensible, illogical, and even risky for those who do not understand their meaning.

It is an invitation to go against the tendency to put down roots where the conditions of safety and well-being make us feel more tranquil.  It is the translation of what Jesus said another time: “The Son of Man has nowhere to place His head”.  Vigilance is shown in precariousness and neediness in the life of those who want to follow Jesus.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to instill in me the true meaning of vigilance and the courage to live it as He interprets it.

Lord, if I want to follow You, I must be vigilant, attentive to the signs of Your presence.  But in order to recognize You, I must leave aside all security and live in neediness and precariousness as the dimensions in which I will find the meaning of my life.

 The Voice of Luke 21: 36

 Pray and vigil always, so that You will have the strength to appear before the Son of Man.


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