October 25, 2017
Jesus said, “You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” Lk_12:39-48
Well gee! Here I thought only the Pope and Bishops and Priests had to be prepared. They’re the ones who took all those courses in Theology and Philosophy and Eschatology. What do I know about being prepared.
Funny, isn’t it the same with driving? Why, we didn’t take formal classes in driving (well, maybe some of us did). For me it was our dad or sister or cousin who taught us how to hold the wheel and push on the gas pedal. But you know what? There really was – just a little more to it – than that. We had to read the signs, the warnings and the limits. And if we weren’t prepared to face a cop for driving over that limit, we just might find ourselves in jail or worse, owing our whole month’s meager salary for not being prepared when that man in blue hid behind the corner.
You see, beloved, God has given us all the warnings and limits necessary for LIFE, as well. When we don’t lie or cheat; when we don’t curse or kill; when we give generously and seek humbly only what we really need; then, when we find ourselves face-to-face with God, maybe in the next moment, or maybe years from now, there will be no penalty, no loss, no purgation. Only a smile and appraisal, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
You see, God wants us to be safe. And the best way to accomplish that is to live a guilt-free life. And when it’s a struggle not to push too hard on that ‘human-nature’ pedal, it might be a good time to remember and believe that God will help protect us from all those natural evils of our humanity, just for the asking. Just remember He’s always there and pray for His guidance!
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