“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.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Jesus presents two images worthy of contemplation. “Gird your loins.” “Light your lamps.” Both are clear instructions to those desiring to follow Jesus. For nothing serves this mission if we are asleep, unprepared or passively waiting.
There is a lot that holds us back or that keeps us complacent, stuck in the status quo. We are often busy and exhausted. Sometimes uncertain of how others might respond. Fear might even prevent our standing up for what is just, or casting our lot with the poor and marginalized.
However, these images are clear. We are to be vigilant, prepared, and available. Our feet must already be in motion. It’s a call to be actively engaged and committed to realizing the Kingdom of God.
What holds you back? What prevents you from embracing this radical commitment to follow Jesus?
—Matt Ippel, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic in the Midwest Province studying philosophy at the Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya in Lima, Peru.
Lord Jesus, we ask you now
to help us remain with you always,
to be close to you with all the ardor of our hearts,
to take up joyfully the mission you entrust to us,
and that is to continue your presence
and spread the good news of your resurrection.
—Carlo Maria Martini, SJ
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