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Today's Gospel: Matthew 24:42-51
None of us expected the world to shut down when COVID-19 hit in 2020. When it did, we all looked at things differently: Did we have enough toilet paper and food to get us through? Had we saved enough money to pay our rent or mortgage? Was our internet speed fast enough to accommodate virtual learning and remote work?
But how many of us took stock of our souls? When was the last time we'd been to Confession? Was there work to do in the healing of any family relationships so we could quarantine together in harmony? Was our prayer life solid enough to keep our minds calm in the midst of the chaos?
Good can be found in every situation, no matter how dire. All the stress from the lockdown can be a gift if we use it as a reminder that we never know the day or the time when a crisis will hit. Nor do we know when God will come for us.
As important as it is to keep our homes prepared so we can make it through a pandemic, it's absolutely critical that we keep our souls prepared for His coming. Even if it isn't "our time," living and remaining in God's grace, at all times, means we'll be ready for anything and live a life that's pleasing to Him.
Did I feel ill-equipped for the COVID-19 lockdown? What was the state of my soul then? Have I worked on keeping my soul ever-equipped and ready for anything?
Lord, inspire me to remain spiritually prepared for anything at all times. Remind me that doing so means I'll be walking a path that always leads to You.
Copyright 2022 Claire McGarry
About the Author
Claire McGarry is the author of Grace in Tension: Discover Peace with Martha and Mary, and the Lenten family devotionals With Our Savior and Abundant Mercy. Claire is a regular contributor to Living Faith, and her freelance work has appeared in several books, magazines, and devotionals. She blogs weekly at Shifting My Perspective, and lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Amazon.