“Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Mt 24: 42-44)

I need to be ready today, to receive the Lord into the “house” He has entrusted to me, which is my heart. My “readiness,” “watchfulness,” or “awokenness” to God is not just a Sunday thing; it’s an every day thing, as the Lord reminds me here. So my primary focus, as far as my connection with God goes, needs always to be on “today,” on any given day of the week. I find this realization to be quite a relief, as it simplifies matters, unburdening me from excessive worries about “other” days of the past or future. All other days and moments, whether from the past or in the future, need not concern me half as much as “today.” Because my Lord, Who is ever-“The Coming One” (Mt 11: 3), tends to pay us unexpected visits, when we’re not busy entertaining thieves or imposters in His “house.”

So let me keep a lookout for any “thieves,” like self-centered fear or grudges against people or institutions; or let me get rid of them if they’ve already “broken in.” This morning I focus on today, as the day on which my Lord is coming, for all I know. “This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Ps 117/118: 24)

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