“Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36
Be vigilant at all times and pray…
Today is the first Sunday of Advent and this tribulation reading doesn’t fit my picture of soft, cozy, cute preparations for Christmas. Then I think of Alaska’s wrecking earthquake which happened last Friday. Last month, Northern California’s wildfires killed close to 100 people. The land, along with many homes, is in ashes. Mud slides, snow, ice, wind, cultural distrust….. maybe tribulations are imminent. Am I prepared to stand before the Son of Man? Are you? Earlier in chapter 21, Luke says to “stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” (Luke 21:28) During the Mass, we are told to “lift up our hearts”. Should we fear? Shouldn’t we be excited to see the “Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory”? This is the joy that we are waiting for. This is part two of the joy of Christmas.
Lord, as I pull out decorations reminding me of your first coming, help me prepare for your second coming in a cloud.