In Sunday’s Gospel scripture we hear Jesus say, “Be ready! Stay alert! Be dressed for service and keep your lamps lit! Be like people waiting for their master to come home from a wedding celebration who are ready to immediately open the door for him when he arrives.”
Then we hear Jesus say something that the first hearers of this story probably find very surprising, because the story takes a twist away from the social conventions of the day. Jesus says that when the Master arrives, he will dress himself to serve, and he will set the people at the table and serve them as his honored guests! The master will wait on the servants! And those who are ready will be happy and blessed! In the very same story, Jesus also issues a warning: remain on alert and be ready because the Master will return when you do not expect him.
All this talk about being ready and prepared reminded me of an old joke my mother used to tell. It goes like this: A little boy was in a play at school and had only one line. Just one line. It was, “Hark! I hear the cannon!” He practiced his line over and over. “Hark I hear the cannon. Hark I hear the cannon. Hark I hear the cannon.” Finally opening night arrives. The auditorium is packed. The little boy is on stage, his big moment arrives, the thundering boom of the cannon sounds, and the little boy shouts, “What in the world was that!?”
Maybe we can identify!
This Sunday we go deeper into our readiness to live and love and serve in the kingdom of God. Maybe we don’t feel very prepared, but there are ways we can practice being better prepared. Plus, Jesus offers great comfort and reassurance to his followers, saying, “Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights in giving you the kingdom.” Amazing!
Jesus tells us there is no need to fear, instead we can trust; we can have confidence and joy because the Lord provides all that we need.
Jesus says we need to be prepared for when the Master returns, so let us continue our preparations, sharing the heart of Christ from the heart of Cary. The Father delights in this!