The opening verses of this Gospel reading invite us to ask ourselves what we see as our purpose in life. What are our prioritise? Is our heart set on material progress and advance or do we have other prioritise ? What has helped you to appreciate that there is more to your life than earthly possessions and success. At times one can sense in Jesus an urgency, as if he wanted to shake people and wake them up to take his words seriously. The parable has that tone; ‘be dressed for action and have your lamps lit’. It might seem morbid, but ask yourself this; if you were to die tonight, would you be ready ? Your answer might tell you something about the areas of your life that need work. In this short parable of ‘the householder and the burglar’, Jesus again emphasises the importance of standing ready. We only have one life, and we do not know how long it will last.