Like a Thief in the Night

Are we ready for Jesus?

This month of November has us thinking about many ends. The end of the liturgical year (Nov. 26 - Solemnity of Christ the King), the end of our lives and ultimately, the end of the world when Jesus returns. Are we ready for Him? If He were to come tonight?

We hesitate.

As we really think about it, we realize we're not ready as we thought. What causes us to hesitate is thinking that we're not as "holy" as we want to be. We realize we've slowly gotten into a mindset of, "Jesus, thank you for getting me this far, I can take it from here." We forget that we need Him.

We forget that "Jesus said, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

It is only through Jesus we will go to the Father. We need Him. We need to start needing Him now. THAT is what will get us ready for our end - complete, total dependence and trust in Jesus.

St. Francis de Sales also reminds us that, "It is not those who commit the least faults who are the most holy, but those who have the greatest courage, the greatest generosity, the greatest love, who make the boldest efforts to overcome themselves, and are not immediately apprehensive about tripping."

It is not to say that we don't ever feel ready for The Lord because there are times we do. We can reflect that times we feel ready for The Lord is when we're giving our all for The Lord. When we're trusting in Him. When we're living boldly for ourselves to decrease and Jesus to increase. When we make heroic acts of virtue. When we begin again and again instead of giving into defeat.

We are told time and time again in the Gospels that The Lord will come like a thief in the night. Stay close to Jesus, live passionately for Jesus and you will be ready. We are vigilant when we're with Him.

Mother Mary, our example in all things, teach us to live for Jesus with great fervor and help us to surrender our pride and recognize our need for Jesus at every moment of our lives.