The 1st Reading, from the Book of Wisdom, shows that we can take courage because the Lord has called us to him. By this call we are made glorious.
Today’s Psalm continues this theme – our happiness is rooted in the fact that we are chosen to be the Lord’s own. Thus, we can confidently wait on his love and help.
This theme of hope is also echoed in the letter to the Hebrews [2nd Reading]. By it we are reminded of God’s plan and encouraged in our faith as that which guarantees all we hope for.
St Luke’s Gospel urges its hearers to be ready. Only the attentive and the alert will enter the promised kingdom, by the Lord’s own kindness, as those ‘chosen as his own’.