Are You Rolling the Dice?

October 21, 2020

“Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.” (Luke 12:39-48)

These are challenging words Jesus presented to His disciples in today’s Gospel. That “hour” He describes is Judgment Day, when our time on this earth ends.

When we meet Jesus face to face at the end of our days, who will He see?

Will He see someone who was only concerned about his own needs? Someone who lived carelessly and recklessly, always thinking, “I will make amends tomorrow”? Someone who rolled the dice, always assuming he had plenty of time left to get his life back on the right path?

Or will He meet someone who understood that how he lived his life on this earth mattered? Someone who understood God’s plan for him, and lived his life in service to Him and others? Someone who was prepared for this day, and meets Jesus confidently and joyfully?

Near the end of today’s Gospel, Jesus advised His disciples to “be vigilant at all times.”

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