“As it was at the time of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:37).
People were living as if the only thing that matters is the way they are living. They were living for themselves, not for God and their neighbor. They were swept away by the flood. Jesus says It will be the same when the Son of Man comes; in the field and in the mill –one will be left and one will be taken.
Was God`s choice of who He would take arbitrary?
Were both men the same and both women the same?
Jesus then says, “Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come….So to, you also must be prepared…” (Matthew 24:42-44). It seems that the ones he took were prepared.
Are you prepared?
What Does It Mean To Be Prepared?
If our relationship with God is not our priority, we are not prepared. It begins with the two greatest commandments. We must love the Lord our God with all our mind heart and soul and our neighbor as ourselves. He made it possible for us to do this when he gave us the Scriptures and the Church. This is how we discover the will of God for our lives.
“ Not everyone who says to me ‘ Lord, Lord shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
If you asked people if they believed they were going to heaven, they would say yes.
However, Jesus says only those who do the will of His Father will enter heaven.
How Do You Know What God`s Will Is?
We begin with the Scriptures, Jesus says,
“Blest are they who hear the Word of God and keep it” (Luke 11:28).
To keep it is to hold it in our hearts, to believe it, and to live it.
In a letter from the Bishops of the United States, they tell us “…if you have not undergone conversion, you have not accepted the Word of God.”
Jesus gave his authority to the Church so that it could guide us, but if we refuse to listen to the Church how can we know the will of God?
In What Authority Do We Place Our Trust?
Through the Church, Jesus gives us the Holy Mass, which is the greatest of all prayers and he gives us the sacraments as the source of grace we need to discover and do the Father’s will, which is often in conflict with our will. Jesus does command us to do things that we can only do with his help, which he freely offers us through his Church.
We have the lives of the saints as models of what faithful discipleship should look like.
A commitment to daily prayer is a necessary aspect of our relationship with God –even as St. Paul says—we should pray always. Prayer is our connection to God and the help he wants to give us. we should pray before making decisions.
Being prepared is not something that will just naturally happen; it will take a great deal of effort on our part. God has not asked something of us that is unreasonable.
Sometimes God gives us a wake-up call. I remember a woman thanking God for her cancer because it changed the course of her life and brought her to God. In that sense cancer or any other illness or trial can be a blessing if it causes us to turn to God and order our lives to him.
Are You Prepared?
Do you have any hatred, resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness, etc? If so, you are not prepared!
The purpose is not only to be prepared when Christ comes for us. This preparation will help us to experience our greatest happiness now. Being prepared not only has a transforming effect on us but on all our relationships, our community, and so on. When we are prepared, we will help the world to be prepared. Then we can all say, “Come, Lord Jesus, come!”
Deacon Tom Fox, K.H.S. is Co-Founder & Co-Director of Pilgrim Center of Hope with his wife, Mary Jane Fox. The two left their careers after a profound conversion experience and began working full-time in ministry at their parish in 1986. After several years and having impacted tens of thousands of families, the Foxes founded Pilgrim Center of Hope in 1993 as a response to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization. Deacon Tom is an invested member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre.
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