Pastor's Desk: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In place of the Pastor’s Desk this week, we include the following extract from Intercom Magazine:
The Deep End - Dressed For Action
It sometimes takes a major disaster to put the spotlight on the ever-ready nature of the emergency services. The aftermath of the recent Boston Marathon bombings showed how quickly paramedics, doctors and emergency medical staff can spring into action to aid people in distress. When on call, fire-fighters and paramedics are ‘dressed for action’, ready to run when the call comes.
Jesus talked to his disciples about being ‘dressed for action’. He told the disciples to ‘have their lamps lit’, and to be awake when the master comes - just like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding feast.
How can we ‘dress for action’, so that we are ready when Jesus calls us from this life? We do not have the luxury of knowing when that day will come. It can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking ‘My master is taking his time coming’ and postponing our good behaviour for another time. If we knew when our time was going to be up, we could arrange our lives accordingly - culminating perhaps in a dramatic death-bed confession and conversion! But that is not the life Jesus calls us to.