“Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:44)
Jesus says to us today: “Watch, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” To be watchful is to be alert in the spirit. It reminding oneself constantly that the end must surely come.
Just as a good security officer never goes to sleep while on duty, being watchful requires that we diligently guard our heart. The book of Proverbs chapter 4, verse 23 defines what spiritual watchfulness is all about when it says: “Guard your heart will all vigilance, for out of it proceeds the wellsprings of life.”
St. Peter puts it beautifully when he wrote: “Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary, the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith.” (1st Peter 5:8-9).
The best way to keep watch is to get busy. It is not enough that we are watchful, we must also be doing what God desires. Hence Jesus says: “Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes, will find SO DOING.” Before we begin an activity, let us ask ourselves “if the world were to end right now, will God be happy to meet me doing this?”
Always remember the end; always remember that even the air you breathe is borrowed and you will have to relinquish it someday. Thinking of our death often helps us to be less materialistic, it also helps us to forgive easily. Reminding ourselves that we shall die helps us to take life lightly and refrain from complaining when we don’t seem to have all we need.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, help me to be prepared always. Amen.
Bible Study: 1 Thessalonians 3:7-13, Ps. 90:3-4,12-14,17, Matthew 24:42-51).