19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Published on 05 Aug 2019
A person carrying a lantern
Almighty ever-living God, whom,

taught by the Holy Spirit

we dare to call our Father,

bring, we pray, to perfection in our hearts

the spirit of adoption as your sons and daughters.

Today’s readings continue last week’s theme. We are to be ready when the Lord comes.

In the First Reading from the book of Wisdom, the people recall that it was at night that the Exodus to the promised land began. They were watchful and ready when the Lord called them.

These are the qualities the Lord is expecting from his disciples in the Gospel passage we read today. They, too, are ready for action, ready to meet the Lord when he knocks at their door, even in the middle of the night.

The Psalm is a song of confidence in God. It reflects on the concern the Lord has shown for his people over the generations. In trust and hope our soul is waiting for the Lord.

The Second Reading from Hebrews reminds us that faith is essential. It sustained Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Sarah, who all believed in the promises made to them. It is faith which enables them to keep watching and waiting for the coming of the Lord.

In my prayer this week, I may want to consider that every time I attend the Eucharist, I am invited to the Lord’s Supper – and that, like the Master in the Gospel passage, he waits on me with love and compassion.

You made us glorious by calling us to you.     First Reading

They are happy, whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen as his own      Psalm

Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for.     Second Reading

There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom.     Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further

Wisdom 18: 6–9; Psalm 32 (33); Hebrews 11: 1 – 2.8–19; Luke 12: 32–48