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Dressed for action
It sometimes takes a major disaster to put the spotlight on the ever-ready nature of the emergency services. The aftermath of the recent Boston Marathon bombings showed how quickly paramedics, doctors and emergency medical staff can spring into action to aid people in distress. When on call, fire-fighters and paramedics are ‘dressed for action’, ready to run when the call comes.
Here in Tramore, we are blessed to have so many who are ready to help at a moments notice – the Rescue 117 Helicopter, lifeguards, Coast Guards, Order of Malta, Gardai, Fire fighters the list is almost endless.
Jesus talked to his disciples about being ‘dressed for action’. He told the disciples to ‘have their lamps lit’ and to be awake when their master comes — just like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding feast.
How can we ‘dress for action’, so that we are ready when Jesus calls us from this life? We do not have the luxury of knowing when that day will come. it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking ‘My master is taking his time coming’ and postponing our good behaviour for another time. If we knew when our time was going to be up, we could arrange our lives accordingly–culminating perhaps in a dramatic death-bed confession and conversion! Let us always be ready to live a life of service and to be on call to those in need.