We need to be ready. Ready to meet Jesus in all His glory. And let's face it, that will happen in one of two ways–either at His Second Coming or when we die. We do not know which one it'll be, so we do not need to focus on that, but on being ready.
Ready in the sense that we could be called home any minute. Ready that The Lord could come any minute. Jesus tells us in the parable of the wise virgins, "Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour." (Matthew 25:13) In a moment, our life on Earth could be over. It's easy to forget that though. It's easy to stay caught up in our schedules and future plans and assume that life will go on as expected. We can think, "It wouldn't be today. There's just no way." Or say, "There would be more signs."
Jesus is the fullness of the revelation. He has given us the signs and He already told us, “Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the recompense I will give to each according to his deeds." (Revelation 22:12) The disciples thought Jesus would come again in their lifetime. That was 2000 years ago! We would be ignorant not to think He could return in our lifetime. Every single day, we are a little bit closer to meeting Him face to face. But are we living that way? Are we living like the disciples with that great expectation? Striving to be a little closer to Him each day? Trying to overcome our faults and love others more? Aware that our last breath could be tonight?
The devil wants us to think that we have all the time in the world, especially time to convert later on. We do not have time. We have now. We have the present moment. The Holy Spirit wants us to be wise and is reminding us to pray, "Make us know the shortness of our life that we may gain wisdom of heart." (Psalm 90:12)
Let us have a heart of surrender, like Mary. Ready for God's Will in our lives. Faith in His promises. Courage to live now.
"For as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In [those] days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be [also] at the coming of the Son of Man." (Matthew 24:37-39)