Being blindsided in anything is no fun. Those unexpected surprises are especially annoying when we feel someone should have warned us. When it comes to heaven and the afterlife, we should not be blindsided. Jesus has given us adequate warning. Neither death nor his coming in glory should catch us off guard.
The key to our being prepared is what Jesus tells his apostles in Matt 26:41: “Watch and pray”. Imagine Jesus’ joy when he welcomes one of his faithful servants into heaven. More than anything else it points to Jesus’ gratitude towards those who remain faithful to him. After all Jesus has done for us, the least we can do is to remain faithful.
We know that there will be ups and downs. We know that often we will take two steps forward and one step back. We know that the master may not appear until the “second or third” watch. That is why he urges us to persevere. Going the distance is not easy, so we must pray that we stick to our commitment of fidelity until the day the Lord calls us home !
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug