Sometimes the message is pretty simple.
The Lord is coming. Get ready. Stay ready.
That can be hard.
When I was a boy, if we were going out,
mom would get me ready:
all dressed up, clean clothes—
then she’d have other things to do.
Her worry, like all moms?
That while she was finishing getting ready,
I’d wander off and quickly get . . . unready!
Most of us are doing a lot of
"getting ready" these days:
parties, decorations, cards, presents, cookies.
This can be a crazy time of year.
Don’t be afraid to say "No" to some things,
so you can get ready in the best way.
For example, we celebrate a holy day this week.
It would be a shame to miss the opportunity
to thank God for the gift of Mary
who is a mother to us all.
The Church calls us to keep these holy days—
as well as the Lord’s Day—
to help us interrupt the tyranny of the ordinary,
and to stay connected to Eternity, our true hope.
Some of us see movies this time of year.
Can you believe Hollywood actually made
a Christmas movie about…Jesus! Imagine that!
That might be a good way to get ready.
If you see it, don’t forget to use SCRIP!
Christmas is three weeks away;
and when will the Lord return
for the final time?
That, no one knows.
So, be ready.
And maybe look around
for others who aren’t ready.
We all know people
who’ve gotten away from their Faith.
Maybe they were never baptized, or taught,
in the first place.
Maybe they just drifted off.
You can help them "drift" back!
I have a Bible study every Wednesday: Invite them!
Invite them to visit the chapel with you…
Invite them…to the Penance Service next week;
you come, and bring them along!
Help them be ready.
The Lord God came once as a child.
He will come the final time at the end of the world.
In the meantime, he comes through his Church—
us, his holy people—to help us and others be ready.