Prepare to listen. Light the 1st purple candle, praying, ‘Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.’ (Psalm 120:2)
Prayerfully Read Matthew 24:40-44
Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
A basic tenet of the Christian faith, taught by Jesus and upheld by his followers, is that Jesus will return. As Barbara Brown Taylor remarks, “There’s no getting away from it, but there may be no reason for losing sleep over it either” (Home by Another Way. 1999, p. 4). The trouble is, as Jesus warned, ‘you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.’ Notwithstanding, through the ages people have claimed to know the day and hour. Each one has been dead wrong! Those who believed them discovered their foolishness in doing so. Far better to heed Jesus’ warning and live with not kinging, remaining alert.
His coming will surprise all of us; we can’t predict when and it won’t be what we expect. Some expect Jesus to miraculously pull them out of the ‘fields’ and ‘meal grinding’ (classrooms, offices, factories or farms) and take them safely to him. As a result, they fail to be alert to Jesus’ many comings in our lives each day. Since we can’t know when Christ will return, we can only wait and be aware of things that steal our hope in Jesus’ presence now; steal our ability to discern truth from lie, fake from real. Only by remaining alert to Jesus comings in our day to day life will we be prepared for his 2nd Advent one day. Therefore, always be ready ‘for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.’
Being ready for Jesus requires constant, daily practice. Wonder and name what being ready for Jesus will be like for you today.
Respond to Jesus
Lord, it’s easy to sing, ‘Soon and very soon we’re going to see the King,’ but not so easy to wait for this marvelous day. Keep my hope alive, my ears and eyes attentive, as I try practicing today living my life in constant readiness, seeing you in the little surprising things. Amen.
Go live obediently in the world not knowing when Jesus will come.