DAILY GOSPEL COMMENTARY. THE NEED FOR VIGILANCE AND THE PARABLE OF THE STEWARD (Lk 12:35–38).
GOSPEL COMMENTARY. THE NEED FOR VIGILANCE AND THE PARABLE OF THE STEWARD (Lk 12:35–38).
THE NEED FOR VIGILANCE AND THE PARABLE OF THE STEWARD
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 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.”
Gospel Commentary from the Navarre Bible, Commentary to the Gospel of St. Luke (with permission)
- 35-39 In the preaching of Christ and of the Apostles we are frequently exhorted to be watchful (cf. Mt 24:42; 25:13; Mk 14:34) — for one thing, because the enemy is always on the prowl (cf. 1 Pet 5:8), and also because a person in love is always awake (cf. Songs 5:2).
- This watchfulness expresses itself in a spirit of prayer (cf. Lk 21:36; 1 Pet 4:7) and fortitude in faith (cf. I Cor 16:13). Cf. note on Mt 25:113.
- 35 To enable them to do certain kinds of work the Jews used to hitch up the flowing garments they normally wore.
- “Girding your loins” immediately suggests a person getting ready for work, for effort, for a journey etc (cf. Jer 1:17; Eph 6:14; 1 Pet 1:13).
- Similarly, “having your lamps burning” indicates the sort of attitude a person should have who is on the watch or is waiting for someone’s arrival.
TOPIC: Are you afraid to die?
In today’s gospel (Luke 12:35-38), Jesus tells us that we must be ready to meet our Master at any time. ““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.” (Luke 12:35-36). Jesus’ constant conflicts with both religious and political authorities will result in his death and he is preparing his disciples for this eventuality. There are three Ps to prepare us for death.
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