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Weekly Readings


Weekly Reflection

Dear Parishioners, friends & visitors,

When the late British Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell,

together with his sister Agnes, founded the world-wide Girl

Guide and Boy Scout Movements, they chose a common Motto:

“Be Prepared.” The choice of the Motto ‘be prepared’ means that

members of these movements must ensure that they know how

to act promptly or what to do in case of an accident or

emergency. They must never be taken by surprise. We don’t need to belong to the Girl

Guide or Boy Scout Movements before we adopt and live our daily life inspired by the

Motto: “be prepared.” If nothing else can convince us of the need to be ready and always

prepared, I think the fragility of human life can. We live in the space between one

breath and another. Although we sometimes claim an illusion of permanence on this

planet, the existential reality is that we are just visitors on earth. The fragility of

human life cannot guarantee us any form of permanence in this life.

In the gospel of this weekend, Jesus re-echoes the necessity of being prepared and ready

at all times, when He says: be dressed ready for action and keep your lamps

burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so

that when he comes and knocks, they can immediately open the door for him. It will be

good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell

you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and

wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if

he comes in the middle of the night or towards daybreak. But understand this; if the

owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have

let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come

at an hour when you do not expect him,” (Luke 12: 35-40).

Death is an inevitable part of human life. As mortals, we shall all die or rather we shall

all underdo some form of change. No human will come before God with this frail and

perishable flesh we have today. Saint Paul says: “it will happen in a moment, in the

blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For, when the trumpet sounds, those

who have died will be raised to live forever. And we, who are living, will also be

changed,” (1 Corinthians 15:52). With so many distractions around, it’s easy for us to be

caught up in the illusions of this transient life. For many of us, life is filled with loose

ends. We can be good at leaving things either undone or half-done. Jesus never left

anything undone. Jesus forgave when He needed to forgive. Jesus fed the people when

He needed to feed the people. Jesus did what needed to be done without any delay or

procrastination. Delay in some circumstances can be regrettable and dangerous. The

Christian hope of a future with God belongs to those who prepare for it today and

everyday. The American pastor and speaker, John Maxwell once said: “we exaggerate

yesterday, overestimate tomorrow and ultimately, underestimate today.” The truth of

matter is that today matters, and to be always prepared and ready is to always realise

that ‘today matters.’ This is one of the favourites quotes: “Yesterday is history.

Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present’”.

While it’s important for us as humans to live and celebrate each present day as a

previous gift from our God and Father, however, it’s also important that we

contemplate tomorrow and the mystery of eternity. We don’t belong here. We are not

even made for this place. In his letter to the Colossians, Saint Paul says: “since, then,

you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is,

seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly


For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is

your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory,” (Colossians 3:1-4). We

get life insurance, which is intended to minimize the expense and stress of any work our

loved ones will be required to do when we are gone from this life and we write a Will,

to make sure that our estate is handled properly and our assets are distributed as

directed. When we get life insurance or write a Will, we begin to prepare and get ready

for the great unknown. Death underpins our intention to write a Will. When death

knocks and we are gone from this mortal life, God wants us to be at peace with

ourselves, with God and with our fellow human beings. It would be a haunting

experience if anyone dies with bitterness and with unresolved matters with some fellow

human beings. “Do not let resentment lead you into sin, the sunset must not find you

still angry, do not give the devil an opportunity,’ (Ephesians 4:26). We adopt the motto

of the Girl Guide and Boy Scout Movements- ‘be prepared’ when we ensure that we do

not go about daily life with heavy hearts or go to bed with deep-seated hurts and

injuries. There are great books, which offer step-by-step guides on how to make a

‘Particular Examen’ during the day or ‘Examination of Conscience’ at night before

sleep. ‘Since we are all destined to die once and after that to face judgment,’ ( Hebrew

9:27), let’s ensure that we are always ready and prepared for the hour or day of our


God bless you all.

Fr. John Ikechukwu Echewodo

Parish Priest

Christmas 2016



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