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."
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.