Are you ready? You may have noticed that the readings are taking a different tone these days. The gospels have become a little more dramatic. They are taking on an air of urgency. There are warnings all around us and we run the risk that we could miss them, since dire warnings were missed in the past.
The examples of Noah and Lot are mentioned. In both cases, there was the righteous person who was saved in the midst of disasterous consequences. Noah and his family are saved when the earth floods. Lot is saved becuase he does not proceed half-heartedly in following the Lord, but never looks back. Each was saved because their lives were examples of the type of witness that comes from following God, especially when to do so is not always easy.
We never know when we will encounter God. We do know that God is all around us, but we are never sure when that life-changing moment could happen.
We certainly know that life can change in a heartbeat. Life is fine one minute; then an event occurs where things simply cannot be the same ever again. It might be a car accident that takes the life of someone we love. It might be receiving a diagnosis of a terminal illness. It could be something quite positive like the day of a wedding, or ordination to priesthood.
Whatever the life changing event, when they occur we often ask the question, “Why?” Why did this happen to me? Why is it that this person who maybe had so much ahead of them had to die? Why does this person who is so tremendous an example of faith, why do they have to suffer in such an awful way?
At moments of unbelievable suffering, it is often having the support of others that can make the difference. Noah had his family. Lot was accomplanied by his relatives. We often attend wakes or funerals, visit hospitals or comfort friends. We receive the same type of support too.
But what we are called to as we approach the end of the Church year is the ultimate meaning of our lives. We focus on the end of time, when Christ will return in great glory. This can cause fear if we feel far away from God.
The beauty of our Savior is that He constantly seeks us out. God is relentless in finding us when we are lost, of taking every opportunity to tug on our heart, to disrupt the routine that can cause us to ignore God, Jesus does these things to open us once more to the new life of faith.
The interior journey that is necessary to be ready to discover the presence of God is hard. We must confront ourselves in honesty, both in the gifts we have and in the sinfulness that still dwells within us. It calls us to enter silence, to prioritize those moments when we can find the indwelling presence of God.
Are you ready? Because our God is waiting to save.