Be Ready and Be Vigilant by Fr Kevwe Ambrose Unuajohwofia CSsR
Sometimes, we humans forget the need and purpose of existence and so we need constant reminders to keep us on track. The readings today tell us to reflect on the last 4 things – death, judgement, Heaven and Hell. The reason is that this world is not ours. We are here temporarily. The Psalmist in Psalm 90:12 says, ‘Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom’. There is no time. Whatever we are doing, we are to do it without delay. Last Sunday was about the rich man who was unprepared to die but God summoned him.
In the first reading today, it tells us how the people of Israel celebrated the goodness of God. The psalmist says blessed the people the Lord has chosen as his heritage. In the gospel, Christ tells us to be prepared. God wants us to be prepared and vigilant because we do not know the hour or the time God will come. We must be prepared at all times without delay. We should not continue to postpone confession because there is no time. The greatest deception of the devil is to make people believe that there is time. This means people can live as they want and repent tomorrow.
In the gospel, Christ gave 3 parables. There are lessons to be drawn from the parables. These include:
- Don’t build false security in what you have – wealth or possessions. Live and put all your trust in God.
- You should save your possessions in the mouth of the needy, in service to God, in projects in your church and community. Whatever we give to the poor, God receives it.
- We should be diligent and prayerful in all we do and we should do our work with all our hearts.
- We must be ready and vigilant at all times. We must frequent the blessed sacrament.
We must keep in mind that delay can be dangerous. We do not know when the master will come. We must always be ready. Oh, that today you would listen to His voice, harden not your heart. May God bless His words in our hearts. Amen.