The Beginning of the End?
When will we see the end of the world? There is no possible way anyone can answer this question right? There have been many, many debates and dates given about when and why the world will end. I remember several of those days coming and going, one being 2000, another 2012, and so on. Revelation tells us some ideas about what the world will look like at the end, though as we are not God, there is no way we could tell exactly what/when/how it will happen. We cannot answer these big questions, just as we cannot know for certain when we will die. Many people are under the belief they have a long time to live a happy life, that there is still so much time to get things in order. It is good to embrace life and to live, but we don't really know how we will meet our end, only that we can continually prepare ourselves for when it comes.
Today's Gospel states:'But know this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour." Peter said, "Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?" And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of 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 servant says to himself, `My master is delayed in coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 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 unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master's will, but did not make ready or act according to his will, shall receive a severe beating. But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light beating. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more'(Luke 12:39-48).
Today's Gospel tells us that we need to be good people of faith each and every day in our lives, and not let out our bad side when we don't think we're being judged. It's obvious that even a person who knows everything they can about science and evolution cannot predict their own death, let alone the end of the world. We cannot possibly know God's plan for our final days, only that we are living right now. Take some time to ask God to help you prepare your heart for the present, to be a good person now and not focus as much on the future, but what you can do in the present.
Today's prayer comes from 'Revived Life' a prayer for a pure heart:
My desire is to have a clean heart before You without the sinful desires, wickedness, bitterness, or anger that keeps me from You. Forgive me for sinning against You with my spirit, my actions, and my words. Please help me to retain the joy, happiness, and peace that You offer us throughout our trials. Because of the pain Lord, it is often difficult to smile and to keep myself from bitterness and anger. Father, I cannot do any of this in my own power. My flesh is weak and I easily become bitter. I can only have a pure heart in Your strength and power. Please grant me the strength, wisdom, and power to turn this situation over to You completely. Allow my spirit, actions, and attitudes to reflect You and Your immeasurable grace. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen.