“For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark…so too will be the coming of the Son of Man.” 38-39b
Most of the time life is pretty ordinary! Oh, there are occasional moments of transition, but mostly we spend our time routinely going about our business, taking care of self and family, and rarely thinking about stuff that might be on its way. When people kept bugging Jesus about possible dates for the coming of the Son of Man he uses the story of Noah to remind them that most people are too caught up in the present to have any worries about the future. Environmental activists know what he means. Some of them have been issuing warnings for decades and get totally frustrated when people don’t respond. It isn’t that folks aren’t aware that disasters are on the horizon–we know stuff is on the way. But in the present, life’s ordinary events are more than enough to occupy our attention. That’s why some religious types choose particular dates for the apocalyptic crises they’re predicting. It was the only way they could get anyone to pay attention. The fact that Jesus warns against such predictions doesn’t seem to bother them. Jesus advises that we should learn to be alert about the future. Life may seem ordinary now, but big things are on the way. It really would be good for us to be prepared.
Thought for the Day: What will the next big disaster be like?