A Thursday Reflection 2.1.18

Some of you have told me that you enjoy this message when it “shakes me up a bit.”  Well the other day, I read the following reflection on one of the Anglican Publication blogs.  How does this grab you as a preparation for the Season of Lent which will be here in 13 days?
Enjoy the reflection of a Mr. LeBlanc:
Are You Ready?
By Douglas LeBlanc
When I was a tween convert to the Jesus Movement, I remember seeing this T-shirt: “Jesus Is Coming Back, and He’s [Ticked] Off.” I thought, “Yeah, man, he’s so angry with all those old fogeys and hypocrites who do not see how precious we are in the Jesus Movement.”

While I enjoy laughing at the vanity of my tween self, I do not abandon the heart of the truth expressed in today’s Gospel passage: Jesus is coming back.  How he responds to any one of us depends on whether we greet him as Lord or merely as a symbol whose name we have invoked for self-focused purposes.

Bob Dylan expressed it well in the blistering blues song that closes his album Saved:

Are you ready to meet Jesus?
Are you where you ought to be?
Will he know you when he sees you
Or will he say, “Depart from Me”?

… Are you ready for the judgment?
Are you ready for that terrible swift sword?
Are you ready for Armageddon?
Are you ready for the day of the Lord?

Are you ready? I hope you’re ready.

–  Fr. Joe