Ephesians 2:12-22; Psalm 85; Luke 12:35-38

In the Gospel, Jesus speaks of his coming as a time of joy and celebration, not of fear and trembling. The Church affirms this joyful expectation in the second part of the Lord’s Prayer during the Eucharistic celebration when the priest says “…As we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ”. The coming of Christ is a blessed hope. In the Scripture, the word “blessed” means “happy” or “joyful”. So, the coming of Christ is a happy or joyful expectation as against the fear and trembling that becloud the minds of many whenever end-time sermons are preached. However, this expectation is blessed inasmuch as we have prepared. Thus, Jesus says: “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds ready when he comes.” We must be ready, alert and watchful. To be ready is to cultivate true conscience. We must call good and evil by name and not confuse them. We must increase the good that is in us and correct the bad as well.

Let us pray

Lord, help us to live with our lamps lit and ready to welcome you when you come. Give us a holy and a true conscience that we may serve you in all things and be found ready at your coming. Amen.

Kindly keep me in your prayers as I mark another year in the Lord’s Vineyard. So far, God has been faithful, his banner over me is love, my life is a testimony and God’s work in me and through me is a blessing! Thank you too for your support and care!

Lord Jesus, give me more grace for the race. Amen!

Sing with me:

I am going higher yes higher,
I am going higher today
I am going above the shadows,
Into the presence of God,
Into the presence of Jesus
I am going higher TODAY!.


Fr. Daniel Evbotokhai is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria. He was ordained October 20th, 2018. He offers his daily homilies, talks and articles that bother on, faith, theology, morals and many other burning issues in religion and politics. Fr. Daniel writes poems, inspirational quotes and clips.