The Time of Reckoning

Luke 17: 26-37
2 Jn 4-9 / Psa 119

Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
(Luke 17:3)

No one knows the day it’s coming,
The least we can do is prepare.
What our Lord today is saying:
Repent, have faith and don’t despair.

[Jesus said], “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also it will be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying, and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But on the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven, and destroyed them all. It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” They asked Him, “Where, Lord?” He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.” (Luke 17:26-37)

Reflection

Our Lord has given us fair warning. Death is inevitable, but the time of reckoning will be upon us when we least expect it, when most people are not prepared. Death is as inevitable as the vultures that herald it. It can come from a powerful bomb in an airport waiting shed, inside a bus falling into a deep ravine, from an intensity 7 earthquake, or a fire in the middle of the night, or the most common of all, a stroke or cardiac attack, as what happened to a former high school classmate a week ago.

Who can prepare for it? Only the prudent among God’s children, who are unperturbed and well prepared. Because they always follow God’s will.

Jesus was declaring a prophecy that calamities will always strike as a matter of course. The thing is, how prepared are we to meet them? Our desire for the best that this temporal life can offer blunts the more sublime aspiration of our soul. Our material concerns dim our view of the real LIFE ahead, even as we know that this life is just temporal and easily corrupted. Are we any different from “the birds in the air and the flowers in the field” that are there today and gone tomorrow? In a way we are, because we are more foolish – with all these cravings for material possessions, these aspirations for prestige and power, which are but “chasing of the wind.” Our Lord Jesus’ fellowship should be our main objective, His Father’s will our life’s sole directive. Jesus said, “Whoever seeks to preserve his life (only for himself) will lose it, but whoever loses it (for the sake of others) will save it” (for eternal life).

Death has already come to those who have not found Life in Christ, even if they are still alive in this world. No wealth, fame or power on earth can ever be more important than the promise of spending eternal life with HIM in heaven.

Help us, dear God, to understand the futility of holding on to our attachments in this life, which can end without warning, but to prepare instead for eternal life by living the values taught by our Lord Jesus Christ, and obeying all Your commands. Amen.

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