Are You Preparing?

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Stay awake! Jesus warns His disciples to always be prepared for the coming of the Son of Man. We know that Jesus will come again at the completion of all things at a time none of us will know. We also know that our earthly life might run its course before His return. The preparedness Jesus is talking about refers to how we are living now and what the condition of our spiritual lives are.

It is clear Jesus is referring to how we live by the example he gives of the faithful and prudent servant compared to the wicked servant. The latter decides that he has more than enough time on his hands before he has to worry. Rather than making the best of his time he chooses to live a life of sin and revelry. Jesus warns by telling them at an unknown hour the master of that house could come home, catching the wicked servant in his wicked ways.

Before the wicked servant committed his acts of gluttony and drunkenness there was another sin he made. He makes what we call the sin of presumption.

The first commandment is also concerned with sins against hope, namely, despair and presumption: By despair, man ceases to hope for his personal salvation from God, for help in attaining it or for the forgiveness of his sins. Despair is contrary to God’s goodness, to his justice – for the Lord is faithful to his promises – and to his mercy.

There are two kinds of presumption. Either man presumes upon his own capacities, (hoping to be able to save himself without help from on high), or he presumes upon God’s almighty power or his mercy (hoping to obtain his forgiveness without conversion and glory without merit). CCC 2091-2092

The wicked servant presumed he had enough time to live in sinfulness before he would have to change. He presumed that he would be alright. In his presumption he stopped hoping for his master’s return, instead he began to hope that his master’s return wouldn’t happen for awhile.

Jesus is giving this example to His disciples, which extends to us, about His returning. On one end there is the faithful servant which we can see as a person doing all they can to be ready for the return of Christ. On the other end it is synonymous with a person who cares very little, if any, about being prepared to meet Christ when He returns.

The thing to think about is how we are preparing ourselves for Christ. How often do we think of it? How much effort do we put in it? Are we seriously trying to turn from sin rather than towards it?

His mercy and grace are ours. We cannot presume, however, that it means our efforts have little to do with becoming prepared for Him.


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