Tuesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1EPH 2:12-22
Brothers and sisters: You were at that time without Christ, alienated from the community of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the Blood of Christ.
For he is our peace, he made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his Flesh, abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile both with God, in one Body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it. He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Responsorial Psalm PS 85: 9AB-10, 11-12, 13-14
R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people. I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD–for he proclaims peace. Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land. R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people. Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven. R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people. The LORD himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase. Justice shall walk before him, and salvation, along the way of his steps. R. The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
Gospel LK 12:35-38
Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at the table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.”
Reflection (on the Gospel):
The generosity of this master (which later passages of the gospel confirm refers to Jesus) drives him to reward his servants, while his immense humility, pushes him to reward them by waiting on them HIMSELF.
How honored do we feel when an important person has a deference towards us, even a look or a smile? Do we realize that Jesus the Christ, the King of Kings, wants to feed us, serve us, and wait on us?
Jesus does not refrain from telling us exactly what he expects from us in exchange, leaving no chances for misunderstandings: “Gird your loins and light your lamps … (be) ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks”.
Have we tightened our belts? Ephesians 6:14 “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth fastened around your waist.”
Are our lamps lit? Matthew 5:14-16 “your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.”
His Sacred Heart, burning with love, is knocking on our hearts. Are we ready to open our lives immediately to his love? Revelation 3:10 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and
opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me.”