Scripture: 1st Reading: Rom5,12,15,17-21; Resp. Psalm: Ps40,7-10,17; Gosp. Accl.: Lk21,36; Gospel: Lk12,35-38
He came to give us life. He died to destroy our death. The ancient curse of death entered our lexicon and became a feature of our race when one man, Adam, sinned. With that sin, man became weak, his actions became vitiated. There was therefore a great need for a reversal of fortunes as too many were ending up in hell.
That respite came when the Son of God accepted to lay down His humanity as Son of man. With that redemptive and salvific action, the grace of God and the free gift of salvation abounded for many of us. Death reigned through the first disobedience. Life and righteousness reigned through the obedience of one man, Jesus.
One man's trespass led to condemnation; one man's act of righteousness led to acquittal and life for all. The disobedience of one man led humanity to sin; the obedience of one man led humanity to righteousness. With the righteousness brought by our Lord Jesus, "where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness to eternal life."
Having done so much for us by His death on the cross, the least we can do is to cooperate with His grace in our lives. The word today challenges us that one way to do that is to always be ready. We prepare ourselves all the time because we do not know at what hour the Master is coming home from the marriage feast. Our Lord invites us today to let our loins be girded and our lamps burning.
Every new day gives us the opportunity to render thanks for what He accomplished for us. A new dawn provides us the avenue to do a rethink of our lives and see what ways we can better make ourselves ready for His grace. Let us use this dawn to achieve that purpose.
Let us pray: Lord our God, every new day is a new beginning you give us to return to you. We thank you for this new day. Give us your grace to return thanks to you for this wonderful opportunity to prepare ourselves for your coming. Open our hearts to your love for us. Let not the passing things of this world blind us to the real treasures of your heavenly kingdom. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.