Tuesday, October 24, 2006

A Celebration

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."
Luke 12:35-36

When we go to weddings, we usually sit in peaceful anticipation for the bride to come. All dressed in our best outfits for the occasion. So whether it is in a church or somewhere else this is usually the scene. Hushed whispers amongst the guest waiting for the moment to arrive.

Soon the moment comes when she appears at the door, ready to come down the aisle to meet her groom. While we as the guests of the wedding are shining too with smiles. We have come prepared in our attitudes. We have prepared ourselves to witness a love between two people, joining themselves as husband and wife. We also have prepared ourselves for the reception to follow these nuptials. We pretty much have girded our loins to enjoy what is there along with the bride and groom.

In today's reading Jesus tells us how to keep ourselves in anticipation of the masters return from a wedding. To gird our loins and have our lamps lit. So when the master comes, he does not encounter a dark home, but one filled with light and ready to serve him.

For us when we return from a wedding we come home to a dark house, unless with forethought we left a light on. It's comforting to encounter a lit home isn't it! Even more so when we help each other with our needs after a long day of joyous celebration.

We see how much we go through to prepare for a day of celebration, yet all too often we neglect our interior homes. If we can prepare for earthly celebrations, how much better when we prepare ourselves for his coming in such a way.


Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Beautiful posting Marie Cecile. And we must never forget that often Jesus stands knocking at the doorway of our heart in disguise, clothed as a stranger.

We must always welcome the stranger. When St. Francis overcame his fear of lepers - by the grace of God - and embraced and kissed a leper, suddenly Christ appeared before him.

We may see others from time to time as "lepers." In such moments, may we all remember what happened to St. Francis when he embraced that leper. He was actually embracing Christ Himself!

Marie Cecile said...

How true, you just never know!

Sometimes hardships with others wake us up to our own coldness.

And that made my visit at chapel even better when after leaving I gave two ladies a hug, just because I was compelled to do so. I so love when the Holy Spirit prompts. It took the coldness from me to reach out and hug another human being for no reason at all. And I'm not a cold person.