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1 Thessalonians 3:7-13
Psalm 90:3-5, 12-14, 17
Matthew 24:42-51

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are you ready?

“You must be prepared.” —Matthew 24:44

Jesus is coming back to take us with Him (Jn 14:3). No one can know the exact day or hour of Jesus’ return (Mt 24:42). He will return at the time we least expect (Mt 24:44). Therefore, we must be always ready. We are ready for Jesus’ second and final coming when:

1)      We are faithful, farsighted servants (Mt 24:45).

2)      We are working to feed people physically and/or spiritually (Mt 24:46).

3)      Our hearts have been strengthened and made blameless and holy (1 Thes 3:13).

4)      We have accepted Jesus’ salvation (2 Pt 3:15).

5)      We are “without stain or defilement, and at peace” in God’s sight (2 Pt 3:14).

6)      We are singing and praising the Lord (see Rv 19:1ff).

7)      We are “pure and follow the Lamb [Jesus] wherever He goes” (Rv 14:4).

8)      We have washed our robes in the blood of the Lamb and survived the great period of trial (Rv 7:14).

9)      We have guarded our spirits against “indulgence and drunkenness and worldly cares” (Lk 21:34).

10) We are praying constantly (Lk 21:36; cf 1 Thes 5:17).

Are you ready for Jesus to come back now? Maranatha! “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rv 22:20)

Prayer:  Jesus, come back now or as soon as possible.

Promise:  “May the Lord increase you and make you overflow with love for one another and for all.” —1 Thes 3:12

Praise:  James attends daily Mass and goes to Confession monthly. Thereby he lives in readiness for every opportunity the Lord brings his way.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Am I Going to Heaven?, order, listen to, or download our CD 54-3 or DVD 54 on our website.)

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