Next Sunday is called "Aneedae
Sunday." The Church solemnly
commemorates the faithful departed.
From the beginning, Christians have prayed for
the dead and have taken works of penance on
behalf of their departed ones. The practice is
still being continued. We pray for the faithful
departed, those who have been baptized, for
complete purification of the stains of sin
before they come into full union with God in
Heaven. This Sunday the Church honors the memory
of the departed and offer prayers for them so
that the purified souls will be assured of God's
grace in Heaven.
Gospel Reading: The gospel
reading for Sunday is from Luke
32 Do not be afraid,
little flock, for your Father has been pleased
to give you the kingdom.
33 Sell your
possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses
for yourselves that will not wear out, a
treasure in heaven that will never fail, where
no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
34 For where your
treasure is, there your heart will be also.
35 Be dressed ready
for service and keep your lamps burning,
36 like servants
waiting for their master to return from a
wedding banquet, so that when he comes and
knocks they can
immediately open the door for him.
37 It will be good for
those servants whose master finds them watching
when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress
himself to serve, will have them recline at the
table and will come and wait on them.
38 It will be good for
those servants whose master finds them ready,
even if he comes in the middle of the night or
39 But understand
this: If the owner of the house had known at
what hour the thief was coming, he would not
have let his house be broken into.
40 You also must be
ready, because the Son of Man will come at an
hour when you do not expect him.
41 Peter asked, Lord,
are you telling this parable to us, or to
Jesus Christ's return is mentioned 318 times in
the New Testament. In today's gospel, Jesus
instructs his followers to be ready like a good
waiter. Waiting is not the absence of doing
anything constructive. Waiting is not a static
state. It doesn't diminish us. It simply
involves time and we don't know when our waiting
will be over.
three characteristics of "waiting" mentioned in
today's gospel are:
1. Preparedness: If we
prepare ourselves to meet someone today, we say,
let's be dressed
and ready. Let's be like people who wait for
their guests. When they come and knock on our
door, we can open the door. We are ready. We are
prepared. Likewise, we should be ready to
receive our Lord when he arrives.
2. Expectancy: A good
waiter expects his master to come at any time
and will be ready when the master comes before
or after midnight or any other time the master
chooses to come.
3. Reward: The
faithful servant who is ready for his master
will be rewarded.
will be blessed if we are ready to receive our
Lord. Those who are ready for Jesus' return are
alive and active, serving Christ the best of
Jesus tells us to be ready for his Second
Coming. Our heavenly Father sent his Son to this
world the first time to offer us salvation. Next
time we will see him rule and reign on this
earth as the righteous judge. We will meet him
as our judge in his glorious Second Coming.
Now is the time to prepare ourselves for
In Luke 12:35, Apostle Luke gives us a picture
of what it's like to be ready for the Lord's
Verse 35 says, "Be blessed and ready for
service, and keep your lamps burning, like men
waiting for their master to return."
There is no way of knowing for sure when the
master of the house would come back. So they
kept their lamps burning, just in case if he
comes at night. And they would keep the back of
their robes tucked into their belts so that they
could get up and greet him at the door right
away without tripping over their feet. The
picture of the servant with the tucked in robe
is the picture of readiness.
Our readiness for the Lord's return will be
rewarded with the gift of eternal life. The Lord
has promised that to us.