August 3, 2010
Get Ready to Celebrate
Excerpt from Mark 13:32-37
"Keep awake—for you do not know
when the master of the house will come."
Reflection by Martin B. Copenhaver
In this passage Jesus says that we are
to live as if he will return any time. He says that we are to act as
if we are servants who do not know the exact moment when the master
will come home. So we are to keep alert and be ready, treating each
moment as if he is about to walk through the door.
When I was a teenager and my parents
left me on my own while they took a trip out of town, sometimes they
would be coy about the time of their return. They wanted to keep me
wondering when they would be back so that I wouldn't get into
mischief while they were away. Is that something like what Jesus is
Well, perhaps, in part. Jesus does
expect us to live in an upright manner. But, in the end, preparing
for his return also means being ready to celebrate. When our
children were young, we always kept party hats and noisemakers in our
dining room because we never knew when the events of the day would be
cause for celebration. Birthdays one can prepare for, but other
kinds of celebrations require a more constant preparedness. And when
Jesus shows up in big and small ways in our lives, it is cause for
great celebration. Will you remember where you have put your party
hat and noisemaker? Will you be prepared to whoop it up?
Jesus, help me to prepare for your
appearance in our world and in my life with a heart that is tuned for
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