Lectio Divina: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.” — Luke 12:37


In today’s Gospel, warns us to be ready. His warning is not an empty threat, but a heartfelt plea to prepare our hearts and souls properly. He tells us that those who the Master finds vigilant on his arrival are blessed. In our own lives, are we preparing ourselves and making sure we’re vigilant for the return of the Lord?

No one knows the day or the hour that the Lord will return, but it does not mean we get to take a vacation and nap our lives away. We must prepare ourselves through prayer, study of Scripture, through concrete service. In these ways we can prepare our hearts, our minds, and have the “receipts” of good acts to back up our faith.

Like a good Boy Scout headed to camp, we don’t know what we might face on the journey of life — nor do we know when it will end. Therefore, we are called to be prepared. If you haven’t been to Confession recently, I urge you to pursue the Lord’s love and mercy in the Sacrament. He wants to be united with you for eternity. Nothing can make that go away!


  1. Am I awaiting the Lord’s return?
  2. How am I preparing myself for the return for the Lord?
  3. In what ways am I being vigilant?
  4. Have I properly guarded my heart from sin and hate?
  5. Does the Second Coming of the Lord bring me joy or does it strike fear?