November 8, 2020 – Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour. (Matthew 25:13)
Don’t ask when to be prepared; always be prepared.
It is commonly held that this parable is 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.
- Maybe He will place someone in our lives who needs help. A strong faith will help us recognize the need and respond appropriately.
- 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.
- 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.
I have said maybe to each of these scenarios, but the fact is, each of them is likely happening right now. There is no “maybe” or “if” – the day has come.
I hope you are awake!