Be ready! (Lk 12:35-12:35)

“Be dressed

For action!

Have your lamps

Lit!”

 

Ἔστωσαν ὑμῶν αἱ ὀσφύες περιεζωσμέναι καὶ οἱ λύχνοι καιόμενοι·

 

Luke indicated that Jesus said to them that they should have their clothes dressed for action (Ἔστωσαν ὑμῶν αἱ ὀσφύες περιεζωσμέναι).  They should have their lamps burning with light (καὶ οἱ λύχνοι καιόμενοι).  There was something similar in Matthew chapter 25:1, about having lamps lit.  There Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven would be like 10 bridesmaids, having lamps with them, waiting to meet the bridegroom.  They were to be an escort in a procession to the bride’s house and then to the wedding banquet with their lit candles.  However, there was nothing in Matthew about being dressed for action.  Are you always dressed and ready for action?

The people of Bethulia greet Judith (Jdt 13:12-13:14)

“When the people of her town heard Judith’s voice, they hurried down to the town gate. They summoned the elders of the town. They all ran together, both small and great, for it seemed unbelievable that she had returned. They opened the gate. They welcomed them. Then they lit a fire to give light. They gathered around them. Then Judith said to them with a loud voice.

‘Praise God!

Praise him!

Praise God!

He has not withdrawn his mercy from the house of Israel,

He has destroyed our enemies by my hand this very night!’”

When the townspeople heard the voice of Judith, they hurried down to the town gate. They called the elders of the town as everyone ran together. This was unbelievable that Judith had returned. Finally, they opened the gate for her and her maid as they welcomed her back and lit a fire. When they had gathered around her, Judith praised God, saying that he had destroyed their enemies that every night. So far, she has not revealed how this was done. However, they were all very happy to see her.