Just a bit of an impression I received from the gospel today for the Feast of St. Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney (Mass: Os Justi). Admittedly, the impression is fairly obvious, but it struck me forcibly when I read it.
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, Let your loins be girt about and your lamps burning, and you yourselves like men waiting for their master’s return from the wedding; so that when he comes and knocks, they may straight-way open to him. Blessed are those servants whom the master, on his return, shall find watching. Amen I say to you, he will gird himself, and will make them recline at table, and will come and serve them. And if he comes in the second watch, and if in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants! But of this be assured, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would certainly have watched, and not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because at an hour that you do not expect, the Son of Man is coming.Luke 12:35-40
Ladies and gentlemen, we are in the third watch. All in God’s good time, of course, but does anybody doubt we are in the third watch?
Blessed are we if we are found ready! May it be so, dear Jesus!