Dear Parish Family,
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”
About the first time I saw Smokey and the Bandit, I remember hearing a song on the radio in which the singer remarked that the hardest part was waiting. I don’t remember what she was waiting for; maybe it was the second coming of Jesus… though perhaps that is not likely; after all, it was the ’70s and songs anticipating the return of Christ did not typically get a lot of play on K.I.Q.Q. Los Angeles. Still, I think, in charity, we can assume it was the return of Our Lord for which she longed.
Waiting is hard, and the anxieties of daily life are many. How easy it is to become distracted from our vigil and maybe even to forget exactly what it is for which we wait.
As we enter this Advent season, let us remain focused on Our Lord and pause a moment to ask ourselves what things we might be doing differently in our lives if we knew we would stand face-to-face with Christ tomorrow. It is never too soon to start doing those very things.