Are you prepared? Our world is a mixture of procrastinators and those who think ahead. For me, I could never procrastinate. I need to get things done way in advance to their due date, or I get more stressed and don't do as well. For many, they work better under the pressure of saving things for the last minute. We're all different when it comes to time management. However, one area where we cannot be procrastinators is in our faith. If we leave prayer for another day, push off mass for next weekend, leave family and community time for when we're less busy, our centre shifts from God to 'other priorities' which isn't the way to live a fruitful life in faith. God calls us each and every second of every day to work on being faith-filled individuals. Are you a procrastinator?
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 reading talks about the coming time, how we cannot know when God will call us back home. We cannot know when Christ will come again and bring his people home. We need to always be working, always be ready, always be prepared to meet him. This starts with going to mass, and receiving the Eucharist, letting Christ be our centre and guide for the rest of our lives. You cannot leave it to the last minute. Now is the time to live in faith. Take some time to ask God to help you be prepared in your faith.
Today we pray:
Thank You for this day and the chance to journey in my faith. Help me to grow as a disciple and always be working on striving for Sainthood and seeking You. Help me to be more focussed where I procrastinate.
I pray this in Your most holy name, Amen.