Daily Lenten Reflection
The College of New Rochelle
Thursday, December 05, 2013
What’s the best insurance protection against disasters?
In the ancient world, the answer would have been to live in a fortified city in a house with high walls, built on solid rock.
Our society and culture offers us many more options from “gated communities,” alarm systems, the right to bear arms, heavily armed police and military, and all kinds of insurance policies.
Our scripture readings today warn us that disaster will surely come to those who place their trust in something other than God and his kingdom. Jesus’ parables call us to stake our lives on the coming of his kingdom or face the consequences of being unprotected when the day of testing arrives.
The amount of trust we have in God will determine whether we can survive the life and death storms that are sure to come.
Jesus prefaced his story with a warning: We may fool humans with our prayers, but God cannot be deceived. God sees our hearts as they truly are. There is only one way in which our sincerity can be proved, and that is by our practice, in the choices we make.
If we pay attention to God s word, live according to it, and trust in God to take care of the rest, then we need not fear when the storms approach.
This is not at all easy, so during this advent, let us pray that Mary intercedes for us that we may have the kind of trust in God that she had.