I would bet that most of us rarely think about preparing for the second coming of Jesus. After all, isn’t it difficult enough to live in the present as a Christian in our world? Perhaps it seems to be so, but in today’s gospel passage Jesus instructs us to always be prepared for the end of time.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.”
Are we ready? Can we keep one part of ourselves engaged in this life while another part prepares for the life to come? We can, if we trust that God will provide what we need today. With that trust we will be able to wait for the second coming of the master.
Give us vigilance to prepare for your coming, Lord Jesus.