The second reading for the Third Sunday of Advent:
“Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another, that you may not be judged. Behold, the Judge is standing before the gates. Take as an example of hardship and patience, brothers and sisters, the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.”
At Mass, the Deacon brought to my attention an excellent point… In the Second Reading, James is telling everyone to be patient until the coming of the Lord. Be patient. These people were ready, they were waiting on the Second Coming of Our Lord, so much so, that James told them to be patient. (In a way (to me) that is beautiful - the longing and the desire of Christ’s people for His Second Coming.)
There’s a difference between then and now. Then, they had to be told to be patient, the Lord will come in due time; and now, here we are, not particularly anticipating this Second Coming of Christ, much less giving it any thought.
I started thinking to myself, “What if after Mass, after lunch, after I go Christmas shopping, this Second Coming comes? What would I say to Jesus?” In all honesty, this is what I replied to myself (to Jesus), “Oh, not right now.. Not today, I’m not ready yet.”
What?! Here I am, telling the Man who sacrificed His whole being for me, the Man who is constantly pursuing me, that He needs to wait, because I’m not ready for Him. And yet, He loves me. And yet, He smiles at me.
The sad thing is, even though I realized this, it’s still true. I’m not ready. I could say that a year ago I was ready, but somewhere between then and now, I’ve lacked and I’ve hit the pause button.
My heart is longing to be ready.
So I’m ready to be ready - to hit play. I want to set my goals for holiness and I want to go and BECOME all the Christ desires for me.
I wish not to scare anyone, but to inform you that the countdown has been started for the love and desire He has for His people. You are not excluded from this, and neither am I, rather Jesus longs so desperately for all to see and experience in His splendor.
I challenge all, as I did myself today, - To be ready, to set your goals for holiness, and to go and become who Christ created you to be.
Ready… Set… GO!
God bless. :)
“Lord, strengthen my trust in Your word and my hope in the saving power of Your Kingdom.
Free me from everything that would hold me back from pursuing your kingdom
and your will for my life.”
“Strengthen the hand that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak,
say to those whose hearts are frighten: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God,
he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing.”