“Know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.” (Luke 12.39-40)
‘The end of the world is nigh’ the sandwich boards used to proclaim. There’s been less of that since the new millennium arrived without catastrophe. Now, we are more likely to be concerned that life on earth will become impossible through global warming. However, Jesus chose a vivid everyday example from any time or place to keep us awake to the vital importance of the moment. He doesn’t say we must crowd every hour with activity, but that we must ‘be ready’. Ready to meet God, to be met by Jesus, even though we don’t know what to expect.