Ready to meet God?
As we are reaching the end of this liturgical year, I can't help but feel how relevant the daily readings are today. The readings for the year always end with passages from the Book of Revelation and Gospel readings that are meant to prepare our hearts for the end of time.
Yesterday's Gospel was from the Gospel of Luke where Jesus was teaching about the persecution we as Christians will face one day.
"Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict." (Luke 21:14-15)
At first I was confused by what Christ is telling us in this Gospel. Isn't it important to be prepared? Shouldn't we know how to stand up for our faith?
Take a glance at this footnote from the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible:
"Unlike professional orators who rehearse their speeches before delivering them, disciples should only prepare to be faithful."
When we understand this passage from that perspective it makes more sense. I can prepare the best argument speech for my faith, but if my relationship with God is lacking and my heart is not fully connected with Him...my words will be nothing, they will mean nothing. It is not enough to know our faith in theory..we need to live it and know it in our hearts.
Sometimes I find we spend more time in meditating on the proper answers and making the correct speech than we spend just being with God. We focus more on getting the answers right than we do getting our relationship right.
Is your heart ready to meet God? Is there something in your relationship with Him that needs to be mended first?
We don't need to worry about getting the words perfect. Focus on your relationship with God first and the state of your heart. When the times comes for those words...God will give them to you.