Beware

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”
(Luke 21:34-36)

Scripture Study

21:34 the anxieties of daily life Reminiscent of the seed sown among the thorns in the parable of the sower (Luke 8:14).

21:35 that day will assault everyone Indicates the universality of judgment.

21:36 to stand before the Son of Man Refers to being judged by Him (see Rev 20:11–15).

Scripture Reflection

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life” Lk 21:34

How easy is it to be captured by the everyday worry of life? I am not certain if others have been affected by this crazy malady, but I can find myself heading out to the store still noodling over some issue or event that took place earlier in the day, and suddenly realize that I am actually driving to the office and not the store!

Mary Marrocco, writing in Living Faith, noted that this commandment is one of the harder ones Jesus presents to us. Namely, to take care of our hearts. The demands and anxieties of our daily life, which can be many, often distract us from taking care of our hearts. We may not always realize that we’re neglecting our heart, especially if we aren’t exactly carousing or getting drunk.

Mary goes on to say that we can become so focused on our anxieties and cares that we can miss the simple things in life, like a beautiful sunrise. In worrying ourselves, we are actually taking on a role that the Lord wants to take on for us: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28). When we learn to turn our cares over to him, our hearts will be lightened and we will remember how great is his care for us.

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.