Daily Reflections

Luke 12:35-38

Time and time again in his teaching Jesus urges his disciples to keep watch, be at the ready and be prepared. But what are we to keep watch, be at the ready and be prepared for? There are two realities which the Christian must live with – one we share with every human being; the second is an exclusively Christian concern which (sadly) many lose sight of.

The first reality for which we all must be prepared is death. We truly do not know the day or the hour when our time will come. We live in a society which is quite at home, at one level anyway, with being saturated with sex and sexual images, on the basis that it’s an adult theme, but our society runs for cover at the very mention of another adult theme, namely death.
We don’t talk much about it, find it hard to discuss and spend our lives running from it. Death is going to come to us all, no matter who we are, and we must live our lives in the light of this truth. This is not to be morbid or dark or depressing: it’s a fact of life. We need to learn from the psalmist who, many centuries ago, prayed, ‘So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom’ (Ps. 90:12).

The second reality the Christian needs to be ready for is the return of Christ. But how many Christians are? How many give it even the slightest thought? It is, however, a vital truth of our faith and actually at the heart of every Eucharistic celebration. Since the beginning the prayer of the Church has always been, ‘Come, Lord Jesus, come.’ No one knows when the Lord will return – only the Father knows (see Matt. 24:36).

What we do know, however, is that we are living in the final age of the world, the age of the Church, the ‘last hour’, and the renewal of the world is irrevocably underway. Since the ascension of Jesus into glory at the right hand of his Father, his second coming has been imminent (see Catechism of the Catholic Church 673). We must not grow tired or weary and we must not lose heart, but rather remain alert, keep watch and be prepared for our own death and the Lord’s return.

‘Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again.’

Ephesians 2:12-22  •  Psalm 84(85):9-14
Luke 12:35-38

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