Dec. 15, 2021
37Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
48But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Preparation. In Advent, we are to be preparing for the birth of Jesus – doing our spiritual house cleaning, setting things straight in our hearts and minds, putting out the welcome mat to invite Jesus in.
These verses in St. Luke also remind us of the verse in Revelation 3:20 “20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” We look back in excitement to the day when Jesus was born. We look forward in great anticipation for the Day of His Second Coming. We prepare for both at the same time. Whether we are in a shanty in the woods somewhere or a pricey mansion in a glittering city, if we are prepared, Jesus will come in. But if we are prepared or not, Jesus is coming again.
*Special note: I do my Morning Prayer first thing (often as my eyes are barely open, lol!) and then do our daily reflection on the New Testament readings. Yesterday, the lectionary said the reading was St. Mark 5:21. On Tuesday mornings, I do a second Morning Prayer via Face Book stream with dear Fr. Matt Harlow at Christ the Redeemer in Fort Valley, Georgia. I was, of course, all ready for the NT reading except … Fr. Harlow finished the chapter. Right after Morning Prayer, Fr. Harlow does Zoom Bible study, which I also attend. As people there at the church got settled in for Bible study, I asked Fr. Harlow about what the lectionary referenced (one verse) and how he had finished the chapter and asked if that was a choice he had made. He very patiently explained that when there is a one verse reference, look to see if the verse leads to verses that end the chapter. If it does, then the reading should be to the end of the chapter as well.
So, my friends, I apologize; I didn’t know that. But I promise, moving forward, that I will follow Fr. Harlow’s direction. Thank you for your patience.