"But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." (Matthew 24:36)
How long does it take you to get ready for something? It kind of depends on what you are getting ready for - right? If it is a big occasion you could start planning way ahead. Or, if it is unexpected or "spur of the moment," you tend to "go with the flow." I was asked, a couple of days before this vacation, if I was all packed. I laughted. I had a few clothes laid out but actual packing - no. I had, however, been working for over a year, to get the strength back in my ankle so I could snorkel at one of the stops of the cruise. I can also tell you there were two "spur of the moment" stops at quilt stores because we saw their signs on the Interstate.
The readings are about getting ready. Isaiah, and the other prophets, are all calling the people to pay attention, to come back to a relationship with God, be ready because the Messiah is coming. The reading, in Romans 13, is calling to each of uls to remember the "already" - "clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ" because "our salvation is near." At the same time Jesus is reminding us of the "not yet." He is pointing out "no one knows" the day or the hour. So we are to be ready because of the "already" - God with us, Emmanuel. We are also supposed to be getting ready, being prepared, for the "not yet." Jesus WILL come again.
The Hebrew people waited a LONG time for the Messiah to come. We have been waiting over 2,000 years for His return. As Caregivers we are prepared for almost anything AND can work with the "spur of the moment." We even understand disappointment (at least eventually) like NOT being able to snorkel on this cruise. We can do this because we do "clothe" ourselves with Emmanuel - the "already" as we prepare for the "not yet." Are we ready? Can we be prepared for not knowing the "day or hour"? Something to think about.
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