REFLECTION FOR TODAY,
October 21, 2020
By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA
Jesus said to his disciples: “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” Luke 12:39-40
Today, we hear Jesus say that the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect. These are not words to scare us, but facts made clear to us out of love: Because we do not know, we should always be ready. In our own lives, we make plans for what we anticipate may happen: from saving money for a trip to having a safety checklist in case of a powerful storm. If we do all that for this life, should we not be just as diligent for the next? For, more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.
Jesus instructs his disciples to be prepared for the coming of the Son of Man. When Peter asks if that parable is meant for them or for everyone, Jesus expounds on it, asking, Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants? This Scripture offers us an invitation. It can be said that Jesus comes to us at an unexpected hour in two ways.
First, we know that He will return one day in glory to judge the living and the dead. His Second Coming is real, and we should be aware of the fact that it could happen at any time. Sure, it may not happen for many years, or even for many hundreds of years, but it will happen. There will be one moment when the world as it is will end and the new order will be established. Ideally, we live each and every day in anticipation of that day and that moment. We must live in such a way that we are always ready for that end.
Second, we must realize that Jesus does come to us, continually, by grace. Traditionally, we speak of His comings at His Incarnation, and His return in glory. But there is a third coming we can speak of which is His coming by grace into our lives. And this coming is quite real and should be something to which we are continually attentive. His coming by grace requires that we be continually “prepared” to meet Him. If we are not prepared, we can be certain we will miss Him. How do we prepare for this coming by grace?
We prepare first and foremost by fostering a daily habit of interior prayer. An interior habit of prayer means we are, in a sense, always praying. It means that no matter what we do each and every day, our minds and hearts are always turned toward God. It’s like breathing. We always do it and do it without even thinking about it. Prayer must become just as much of a habit as breathing. It must be central to who we are and how we live.
Reflect, today, upon your life of prayer. Know that the moments you dedicate exclusively to prayer each day are essential to your holiness and relationship with God. And know that those moments must help to build a habit of always being attentive to God. Being prepared this way will allow you to meet Christ at every moment that He comes to you by grace.
Lord, help me to foster in my heart a life of prayer. Help me to seek You always and to always be prepared for You when You come. Jesus, I trust in You.