Let your loins be girded (dressed for action) and your lamps burning, and be like those who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them.” (Lk 12: 35-37)

I have a “master” who “comes and knocks” not once, not twice, but does so continuously, throughout my life. But I am not always ready to “open to him,” because I’m asleep or not listening. On some days, I am too busy playing “master” myself, as if I owned the place.

Today let me take pause and “open to him,” in prayer and humble listening. Let me take a seat at His table, at which He is ready and willing to “come and serve,” because that’s the type of thing He does: He lovingly nurtures me with His humbling grace, removing any unhealthy “dishes” I may have concocted, so that I can go on serving in His house in His way, in peace. Today let me be entirely ready for Him to come in to my day and serve me, so that He can serve through me, according to His will.

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