Dan 12: 1-3; Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mk 13:24-32

Turning Over Stones

I am working on multiple homilies this weekend; therefore I am reposting some thoughts from a Mt 25 homily. I hope it is a help.

HOMILY: There are multiple levels upon which this can preach. First, our faith tells us that there indeed will be a generation in history that will experience the second coming of Christ. There will be a time in history when a person may have but a moment to ask the question -- Am I ready? Am I prepared? Second, if our generation is not the generation to experience the second coming, then we all must still face the day of our death. For some of us it will be unexpected and sudden -- even perhaps at a young age. For others it will be fairly predictable and follow a natural course. Regardless there will be a time in our personal histories when we will ask ourselves the question -- Am I ready? Am I prepared? Third, we are faced with a multiple of choices to make each day which may seem singularly insignificant; however, they often add up to pointing us in particular directions. Sometimes good. Sometimes bad. Are our many everyday decisions pointing us in the direction of making us ready? Are they helping us to get prepared?

With the business of life it is very easy to forget about our faith in the second coming of Christ. With the business of life it is easy to dismiss our mortality and put off what should be our constant preparation for the death which we all must face. With the business of life it is easy to disregard the interconnectedness of our daily choices and not recognize the combined impact they may have on our ability to face God in right relationship. Choices matter.

How do we prepare ourselves? How do we get ready? How will we be sure that the Lord recognizes us? What are the right choices to make during our day? The end of chapter 25 reads -- Then the king will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. Although we do not know the day or the hour of the second coming of Christ -- Although we do not know the day or the hour of our own deaths, we have been told what staying awake entails. It seems that if we meet the response from the Lord -- Amen, I say to you, I do not know you -- it will be because of our foolishness and not because of a lack of mercy or justice on the part of the Lord.

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