Be ready!

Be ready!

Our readings this weekend calls us to be prepared, ready and vigilant.  The Lord says that to be prepared we need to act like servants waiting for their master’s return.  We need to become like a steward that watches over others needs when the master is not present.  A steward answers the call to serve God and to look for the needs of his/her brothers and sisters.  As stewards of God’s kingdom in earth, we need to live a responsible life, to follow God’s commandments and to have faith.  Faith is essential!  Faith is not being sure where we are going but going anyway.  Faith will never fear what the future may bring.  Rather, it enables a life to be ready for whatever the future holds.  The Lord is coming back and we need to be ready!  But, how should we prepare?  We need to keep ourselves busy doing the work of the Lord.   There is a lot to keep us busy.  Holding on to Jesus keeps us busy.  We are always fighting against our imperfections. 

We are always fighting against temptations.  We are continually fighting against those who mock us for our dedication to the church.  Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the negativity around us.  Particularly when we have to put up a fight for the Lord.  That is when we have to be busy.  Be busy doing the important things in your home, work, and church.  Standing up for the Lord keeps us busy.  We need to keep Christ first in our lives.  The moment we are distracted from the wisdom of Jesus, we begin to slip back into the ways of the world, that is, we begin to forget where our true security and happiness are found.   To be vigilant means, to keep Jesus and his teaching constantly before our eyes.  We are invited to have the faith of Abraham, live our faith in total trust in God and in service to others.  It is not enough for us to just look busy.  We have to be busy and we have to trust in Him.  Will the Lord find us busy, or will He find us lax in our responsibilities?  We are to live as though everything we have belongs to God and we are good stewards.  He will respond to our determination to live our faith by caring for us.

Deacon Modesto Cordero