Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“You too must stand ready”

Jesus constantly calls us to be conscious and alert to the ways that God reveals himself. Knowing that the Son of Man will come in ways and times you don’t expect means that we must always be prepared. Faith is the central act of that readiness, believing and trusting that the Lord wants to be with you, in the manner and time that He knows best.

Our faith then is an expectant faith, but it also means that the tasks that our faith gives us must be done properly. We all have responsibilities and duties in our life, family and community. Fulfilling these roles is an important aspect of our faith.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant/child is listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.



There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give alms. Get yourselves purses that do no wear out, treasure that will not fail you, in heaven where is no thief can reach it and no moth destroy it.   (Luke 12:32-33)

  • What are you afraid of?
  • Reflect on the Father giving you the kingdom.
  • How generous are you to charities?
  • Listen to the Lord who invites you be as generous as he is to you.



What sort of steward, then, is faithful and wise enough for the master to place him over his household to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Happy that servant if his master’s arrival finds him at this employment. (Luke 12:42-43)

  • What role has the Lord entrusted you with?
  • Are you fully fulfilling that role?
  • Are you faithful and wise enough?
  • Listen to the Lord telling you of his happiness with you.



When a person has had a great deal given them, a great deal will be demanded of them; when a person has had a great deal given them on trust, even more will be expected of them. (Luke 12:48)

  • Reflect on all the gifts the Lord has given you in life.
  • Have you made the most of these gifts?
  • What have you been entrusted with specifically?
  • Listen to the Lord who trusts you.



Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for, or prove the existence of the realities that at present remain unseen. It was for faith that our ancestors were commended. (Hebrews 11:1-3)

  • What do you hope for?
  • When has your faith helped you?
  • What aspects of faith in unseen realities do you struggle with?
  • Listen to the Lord who commends you for your faith.



Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just; for praise is fitting for loyal hearts. They are happy, whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen as his own.  (Psalm 32:1.12)

  • What gives you joy in the Lord?
  • What makes you praise the Lord?
  • Are you happy in the Lord?
  • Listen to the Lord who has chosen you as his own.



Our soul is waiting for the Lord. The Lord is our help and our shield. May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you. (Psalm 32:20.22)

  • How do you keep yourself alert for the coming of the Lord?
  • When have you experienced the Lord’s help?
  • Speak to the Lord of your hope in you.
  • Listen to the Lord who is your shield.



That night had been foretold to our ancestors, so that, once they saw what kind of oaths they had put their trust in they would joyfully take courage.  (Wisdom 18:6)

  • How have your ancestors blessed you?
  • What do you put your trust in?
  • What do you need courage with?
  • Listen to the Lord who has pledged himself to you.

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