Prepare the Way
Do you prepare yourself to be ready for anything? Think of the student who works and pushes themself to do their best work and get it all done ahead of time. That way, they need not stress about it right before it is due, and rush through, only to finish and not do their best work. Now think about the opposite perspective. A person saves all of their assignments until the very last minute, every time. They cause themself more stress and don't do their best. They are not prepared. What benefits do we have when we prepare for Christ, prepare ourselves for being reunited with God?
Today's Gospel states:'Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect. "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, `My master is delayed,' and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with the drunken, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will punish him, and put him with the hypocrites; there men will weep and gnash their teeth' (Matthew 24:42-51).
Today's Gospel talks about how we need to prepare for the day the Lord comes. It will happen when we don't expect. There is no way we can know. We can only prepare ourselves, prepare our hearts and tell others the Good News so to help them prepare as well. Just like the student who is ready to go, we too must be ready to go with Christ, and so always be working to better ourselves and bring about the goodness of God in our lives. Take some time today to reflect and ask God to help prepare you for a life of grace and faith.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Online' a prayer of adoration:
My Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You are really here in this Sacrament. Night and day You remain here compassionate and loving. You call, You wait for, You welcome everyone who comes to visit You. I thank You, Jesus my Divine Redeemer for coming upon the earth for our sake and for instituting the Adorable Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in order to remain with us until the end of the world. I thank You for hiding beneath the Eucharistic species Your infinite majesty and beauty, which Your Angels delight to behold, so that I might have courage to approach the throne of Your mercy. I thank You dear Jesus, for having become the priceless Victim, to merit for me the fullness of heavenly favors. Awaken in me such confidence in You that their fullness may descend ever more fruitfully upon my soul. I thank You for offering Yourself in thanksgiving to God for all His benefits, spiritual and temporal which He has bestowed on me. Grant me grace and perseverance in your faithful service. Amen.