December 3, 2016
Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. (Luke 21:34-36)
These are challenging words Jesus presented to His disciples in today’s Gospel. “That day” 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.” He wants us to heed that advice as well.
We never know when our time will come. May we live our lives in a way that ensures we meet Jesus with confidence and joyful anticipation, rather than fear and doubt.