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Friday, November 12, 1999

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St. Josaphat

Wisdom 13:1-9
Psalm 19
Luke 17:26-37

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ready for the big surprise?

"It will be like that on the day the Son of Man is revealed." —Luke 17:30

The end of the world will be like the time of Noah insofar as most people will be oblivious to their imminent destruction (Lk 17:27; see also Lk 17:28-29).

The end of the world will not only be surprising but quick. There will be no time to do anything at the last minute (Lk 17:31).

The only way to be ready for the end of the world and for Jesus' final coming is to lose our lives for love of Jesus (Lk 17:33). We do this by deciding to live no longer for ourselves but for Jesus (2 Cor 5:15). We must decide to deny our very selves, take up Jesus' cross each day, and be disciples of Jesus (Lk 9:23). When we have chosen to do His will rather than "our own thing" (see Mt 26:39), we have been crucified with Christ. Then it is no longer we who live but Christ that lives in us (Gal 2:19-20). Only when we are in Christ and He in us are we ready for Christ at the end of the world.

Christ is coming when we least expect Him (Lk 12:40). He will come "with the suddenness of pains overtaking a woman in labor, and there will be no escape" (1 Thes 5:3). If you are living in Christ and He in you, you are ready. Therefore, cry out "Maranatha!" Come, Lord Jesus, today — even now!

Prayer:  Father, I want to be ready.

Promise:  "From the greatness and the beauty of created things their original Author, by analogy, is seen." —Wis 13:5

Praise:  St. Josaphat, bishop of Vitebsk (now Lithuania), was martyred at the hands of a mob who rebelled against his attempts to unite them with the Catholic Church (see Jn 11:51-52).

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, April 10, 1999

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 16, 1999