But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36)
In the gospel reading today, Jesus reminds his disciples to be prepared and stay awake for the coming of the Lord. Jesus reminds us not to be complacent with what the world offers because it will all pass away. Jesus also encourages his disciples to look carefully at the signs of the end times and prepare themselves so that they will be able to stand firm during the time of the Lord’s coming.
When I was small I liked to travel. My father would invite me to follow him to many different places. To the supermarket, to the markets, to the hills, to the beach, and to many other places. One day my father asked me to follow him to the Bogor national park. My mother prepared everything necessary for my trip. Food, a change of clothes, medicines, and other things. When my mother wanted to put an umbrella into my bag, I refused because I saw the sky was bright and clear. I thought that there was little possibility of rain. There was a small argument and my mother gave up and did not put the umbrella in my bag. I went with my father to the Bogor national park and around the evening it started to get dark suddenly. It then started to rain heavily not long after that. My father and I got wet. The next day we had flu. In my heart I felt bad because I did not listen to my mother about bringing the umbrella.
We often take some things lightly in our lives, things we do not think are that important because we feel we will be fine without them. An example, the sacrament of confession. The Catholic church encourages us to receive the sacrament of confession at least twice a year, and that is during Christmas and Easter. We may also receive the sacrament of confession at any time we desire. But we often ignore this offer and let it pass. Perhaps we feel we won’t be called by God that soon. But we never know when God will call us
Lord, we are truly thankful and grateful because you, through Jesus your son, reminds us to always stay awake and be watchful. To not be dazzled by the attractive things the world offers. Forgive us because we often take lightly you commands and often feed our desires and lusts. Teach us and remind us always to prepare ourselves to be holy, through your Holy Spirit, so that we will be able to stand firm in the day of your coming. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. Lord Jesus bless us and Mother Mary endows. Fiat Lux! (ALB/JOEY)