Sunday, November 27, 2016
Reflection: Matthew 24:37-44
The First Sunday of Advent - Matthew 24:37-44
Today’s Gospel tells the story of what happened in the time of Noah. Jesus says: “As for the exact day or hour, no one will know it, neither the angels in heaven nor the Son, but God alone knows the time.” Jesus then warns the people: “The coming of the Son of Man will repeat what happened during Noah’s time. In the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and being married, right up to the day Noah entered the ark. They were unconcerned until the flood came and destroyed them.”
Jesus then says: “So it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” He then gives examples of what will happen at that time: “Two men will be in a field; one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding their meal; one will be taken and the other will be left behind.” Jesus then pauses and say to His listeners: “Stay awake! You do not know the day your Lord is coming.” Jesus adds: “Be sure of this, if the owner of a house knew when a thief was coming, he would be watchful and prepared. You also must be prepared. The Son of Man is coming when you least expect it.”
None of us when “our time” will come. Perhaps this is a blessing! This reading reminds us of our responsibility: what happens to us after we die is determined by how we lead our lives each and every day. In many ways, we are the ones who decide what our “afterlife” will be. If we live a good life, loving God, Jesus, and the Spirit and if we strive to be loving and kind every day and share our time, gifts and talents with others, when we die, we likely will go to heaven.
We cannot wait until the last minute. What is the pattern of your life? Do you share your time, talents and attention with other people? Do you share your gifts and love with your family, the people you work with, with your neighbors or even people you do not know? If we choose to do these things, after our death we will be in God’s loving presence!