(Matthew 24:37-44) Consider this: What if Jesus showed up at your door tomorrow? Would you change anything about the way you’re living? Though it may seem preposterous to us, the apostles and the other members of the Early Church thought the Second Coming was imminent. And maybe that wasn’t such a bad thing, for they lived each day as if it could be their last – not frightened or worried at the prospect – but in joyful anticipation of seeing the Lord again.
What about us? Truth be told, most of us are probably not ready to “meet our Maker.” (And who would be when we put it that way?) But we no longer have to see God as an indifferent Creator. In Jesus, God comes down to meet us. By His grace, the bond that was broken by sin has been repaired. He calls us friends1 and invites us into a relationship with Him, a friendship that can be just as deep and real as any other. Our Lord wants nothing more than for each of us to spend eternity with Him in heaven.
Jesus’ words in the Gospel this week aren’t meant to instill fear or warn us of impending doom, but rather to shake us out of our stupor. We must “keep awake”2 in order to see the lures and distractions of the world for what they really are. At times, we can get so caught up in the things of this life that we are oblivious to the life to come. But if we love the Lord and strive to be His faithful followers, we have nothing to fear.
As we embark on the season of Advent, let us take this opportunity to grow in our friendship with Christ – to spend more time with Him in prayer, to reflect on His words in Holy Scripture, and to encounter Him in the sacraments. Our love for Jesus must also be reflected in the concrete actions of our lives – in turning away from sin, in loving unconditionally, and in forgiving and asking for forgiveness. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, but if it’s the Lord, we must be ready! So what are you waiting for?
– Kelley Holy
1 Cf. John 15:15
2 Matthew 25:42