“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake.
For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”
The words of Christ are eternal in that he speaks truth that is not specific to a specific time or a place. The things that he taught two thousand years ago are as relevant today as they word back then. It is incumbent on each of us to take his words to heart and be vigilant in our daily activities to discern the times that we are living in. It speaks to me of the priorities that I set and the prayers that I pray. In truth our lives may be required of us any day.
It is in this light that the Lord speaks to each of us as living in such a way that we would not be ashamed if this was our last day. Yet many are caught up in a spiritual slumber walking each day ignorant of God's presence and plan for their lives. These are not concerned with spiritual things and live as if they will never die.. as if they will never have to give an account for their lives. To these, an to us, the Lord warns to be on guard and keep spiritually awake.
Help me Lord to discern the times, to be on guard and stay spiritually awake.