Be Prepared

In the Gospel today, Jesus mentioned a catastrophic event that befell to man while they were busy doing the daily errands of their lives during the time of Noah.  They were caught unprepared.  However, this event, the flood, was not just a catastrophe but a judgment from God. He would destroy the world through the flood because of the wickedness of man.  But we know the story; God did not totally destroy the world because Noah and his family remained righteous in the eyes of God.  Furthermore, in the Gospel, Jesus reaffirmed the certainty of judgment to all of us but we do not know when it will come to us or to our neighbor or loved ones.

Today, we start the liturgical season of Advent.  In this liturgical session, we are encouraged by the Church to repentance and conversion of heart as our fitting preparation for commemoration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He is the one who redeemed us from our just punishment and judgment from God. 

However, I realized that to say they were caught unprepared is not totally correct.  They were all warned by Noah and the prophets before Noah.  But, they did not listen to them.

I had a professor in college who was so organized that he had already scheduled everything that would happen in his class.  And this was all the agenda in our first class with him.   We knew from the start what lesson we would discuss on a particular date as well as the dates and coverage of the quizzes and examinations.  He said jokingly, “I don’t give surprise exams because, more often, I am the one to get surprised”.  What he meant was, if he gives surprise examination, majority of the students fail to his surprise. They are supposed to know the answers because they have studied them in their class.

Somehow, God is like that professor.  He never wanted man to fail that’s why He gave us everything we need to succeed.  At the day of judgment, we will give an account of what we have done with the life He has generously given us.  The question is, will we be prepared?


The Gospel Today

MT 24:37-44

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In those days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

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