2 John 4-9; Psalm 119:1-2, 10-11, 17-18;Luke 17:26-37
Saint Margaret of Scotland
“Whoever loses his life will save it.” (Luke 17:33)
Have you ever missed the bus, lost your job due to downsizing, or felt forgotten by someone close to you? It doesn’t feel good to be left out. Imagine, then, what it must feel like to be left out of Jesus’ Second Coming. None of us wants that! But it’s unnerving, isn’t it, that we won’t know when Jesus will come again. We don’t want to miss it, so we have to be in a state of constant readiness.
The good news is that Jesus has made it easy for us to be prepared. He wants to see us ready! He liked to compare the kingdom of God to a banquet—the more people come, the merrier. Yes, there is a dress code, but we have all the clothes we need. Let’s look at three particular items that are vital to any spiritual wardrobe.
First, keep your conscience clear. Even small sins can cloud our vision of the Lord and his calling for us. That’s why it is important for us to examine our conscience and repent often. It’s also why we should make regular use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, an excellent way to receive even more of God’s grace to resist temptation and grow in virtue.
Second, love others. Over and over, Jesus tells us to place the welfare of others above ourselves. He even commands us to love others as he has loved us. And since his love is unconditional, ours should be too. Keeping our hearts and our hands open especially to the poor and needy keeps us open to the Lord himself (Matthew 25:40).
Finally, stay close to Jesus. As you draw near to him, he will draw near to you. His love and mercy will become clearer, and you will find yourself changing to become more and more like him—and more and more ready for his return.
Time and time again, Jesus asks us to be ready for his coming. He wants to give us his inheritance of fellowship with God for all eternity. If we clothe ourselves with these three practices, we won’t have to worry; we will be ready in an instant!
“Jesus, I want to be with you at your heavenly banquet. I know that you make it possible, so help me to do my part today. I love you and all that you do for me!” ~WAU