My parents’ house was broken into a couple of times, influencing their decision to get a security system. Perhaps some of you have also had your house broken into as well, not a pleasant thought or reality. In the Second Reading today St. Paul writes that “the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When people are saying, ‘Peace and security,’ then sudden disaster comes upon them.” But St. Paul does not end his teaching without giving advice and encouragement. He writes: “But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are not of night or darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep like the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober.”
St. Paul encourages his readers, us included, to stay alert and to shine (keep the lights on). This is our spiritual security system. If when our house is broken into we take steps to make sure it’s secure, how about when the Church calls us to take some security steps to ensure our eternal destination. As the Church year nears its conclusion (next Sunday is the last Sunday of the Church year) the Church reminds us that our lives eventually come to an end as well and we have to be prepared. St. Paul reminds us in the second reading that we are “children of the light and children of the day.”
Thieves use the cover of night and darkness for their advantage. Let us keep our spiritual lights on and shine God’s light and love for ours. Be children of God without blemish in the midst of this darkened generation, and shine His light (from Philippians 2:15). Peace.