Are You Awake?

August 30, 2018

Jesus said to his disciples: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” (Matthew 24:42)

Jesus gave His disciples the advice: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” You don’t ask when to be prepared, you should always be prepared.

It is commonly held that Jesus was talking about death – “You never know when it may be your time to die, so be prepared.” I don’t disagree with that interpretation. However, I believe there is more to it. I think we are being instructed to be ready for whatever God has in mind for us.

We are called to bolster our faith, continue to make it stronger so that we are prepared for whatever it is that God asks of us:

  • Maybe something unexpected will come at us, something we will not fully understand. We will need a strong faith to weather the uncertainty. Perhaps Church scandal…
  • Maybe He will place someone in our lives who needs help. A strong faith will help us recognize the need and respond appropriately. Perhaps our good, faithful priests that are suffering for the sins of their brothers…
  • Maybe He will need us to be the voice for the voiceless. It will likely take courage and take us out of our comfort zone, but a strong faith will strengthen our resolve to do His work. Perhaps defend our faith…
  • Maybe He will need us to spread the Good News in both word and deed. This work will require us to have the well-developed faith of a true disciple. Perhaps spreading the word even amongst members of our own faith that doubt…

I have said maybe to each of these scenarios, but the fact is, each of them is happening right now. There is no “maybe” or “if” – the day has come.

I hope you are awake!




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