November 28

Luke 21:20-36

“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.” vs. 34-35a

The apocalyptic sayings of Jesus as recalled by Luke make reference to “the day of the Lord,” that moment when God would act in a decisive way to bring salvation to humanity. Jesus tells his disciples that they should be able to discern when that day is close and they should not let it take them by surprise. After centuries of speculation and a lot of false teaching about when that end will come, most of us have stopped looking for supernatural intervention on a cosmic scale. That doesn’t mean we believe life will just go on without any endings. We know, as Jesus indicated, that the “day” will come to all who live on the face of the whole earth. It likely won’t happen as is pictured in the apocalyptic writings, but it most certainly will come to us as individuals. One day every one of us will die, and we likely have no idea when that will be. Of course it really doesn’t make any difference whether we’re ready or not, but death doesn’t give mulligans and it’s a huge blessing if we can be prepared. Too many people live carelessly, possessed by the anxieties of daily living and focused totally on the material dimensions of life. Important words are left unsaid, and acts of kindness are left undone. And we don’t get a second chance!

Thought for the Day: Am I ready for the Day?

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