We look forward to the coming of our Lord. We will soon celebrate Christmas, when God himself came into the world, emptying himself, and becoming one like us. That time was met with longing and anticipation, but many were not prepared. Luke’s Gospel tells of another coming of Jesus, our Lord: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy … and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times….” (NAB, LK 21:34-36)
Our faith, our Christian walk, cannot become lazy and weak. Like any relationship, it requires investment of our time and energy. Our reward is great, but the journey itself is also an experience of God as we live in his love to bring about his Kingdom. We stay prepared through our daily commitment to living the Truth of the Gospel, reconciling ourselves to our Lord when we sin, receiving his grace in the Sacraments, and loving Christ in and through our neighbor.
Heavenly Father, do not let me be caught off guard. Help me to be vigilant in my Christian walk, that I always see you and your will. Let me not get discouraged and fatigued by the difficulties and disappointments in life, but let me see your love and bring your joy to the world. May you be all I desire. Amen.