Are You Ready?
Matthew 24:42 – 44 “So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
To live a life of holiness as Christian disciples of the Lord, requires us to wait upon the Lord and to place our trust in God, being ready at all times, as we are reminded by the Lord Christ. We see that in the life of Christ and His Saints, we must be ready to face all situations with Faith in God’s love and mercy, for as Christians we are called to share in the life and love of God revealed to us in Christ in the Word and the Sacraments as the Church, and as the Church we are called to bear witness to the Gospel and the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ at all times.
Jeremiah 1:17 “As for you, prepare yourself for action. Stand up and tell them all I command you. Have no fear of them and in their presence I will make you fearless.”
We can trust in God who will prepare us, for we need to live our Catholic Christian Faith not just during Mass, and time with the Christian community at the Parish or Diocesan level, in Church Ministries, but also in family life, at work/school and during leisure time. We need to be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit to give testimony.
The response of people will vary, as in all ages, from the time of the Patriarchs and the Prophets to the time of Christ’s first coming and the time the Apostles proclaimed the Gospel till today. As always there are some who will welcome the Faith, the Word of God with joy, which will bring us joy and for which we must be grateful to the Lord, as we are reminded in
1 Thessalonians 2:13 “Another reason why we continually thank God for you is that as soon as you heard the word that we brought you as God’s message, you welcomed it for what it really is, not the word of any human being, but God’s word, a power that is working among you believers.”
On such occasions, we praise the Lord and thank God, who wants all humanity to be saved. However, whether the message is welcomed or not, we still need to live our Christian lives and bear witness with respect and courtesy to others, as we recall from
1 Peter 3:15 – 17 “Simply proclaim the Lord Christ holy in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you have. But give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience, so that those who slander your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their accusations. And if it is the will of God that you should suffer, it is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong.”
It is a challenge we all face, and we depend on the grace of God, as we see in the life of the Lord and also the lives of the Saints in particular the Prophets, the Apostles, the Doctors of the Church and the Martyrs. Not everyone will welcome the message of the Gospel, and while some may welcome it with joy, others may persecute us. However we need not fear for the Lord has won the victory, and His Resurrection gives us Eternal Life.