December 2

Luke 21:29-36

“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.” vss. 34-35

Jesus was talking about the much anticipated return of the Son of Man, an event eagerly awaited by his followers in the early days of the Church. They longed for an end to the pain and the suffering of those turbulent years and couldn’t wait for that Day to come. But there was still life to be lived! As they waited they continued in their jobs and went about their usual routines…and some began to live carelessly. Luke’s words were intended as a warning…if they weren’t careful that Day could take them by surprise. We tend not to take such warnings seriously. Two thousand years have passed and there has been no sign of the spectacular return pictured in scripture. Careless living has become endemic. So many give their lives over to sensual gratification or senseless accumulation and live as though there is no tomorrow. They imagine that they can delay aging and decrepitude with exercise and diet…and it’s not going to happen! Jesus was right. That Day will come and it will come to all who live on the face of the whole earth. What a blessing it is to be ever vigilant and live each day to its fullest! It is the way to abundant joy!

Thought for the Day: How does one live a vigilant life?

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