Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Be Prepared

You also must be ready.  Luke 12:40.

 Be Prepared!

How to be prepared?
- Strong spiritual relationship with God.

- Church life and means of grace.

- Good deeds are treasure in heaven. 
- Detachment from worldly dwellings, but longing for eternal life. 

Do not miss the opportunity.  Being ready for heaven makes the soul gives up worldly matters and longs for eternal life.  Just as our Fathers the Saints, lived with death before their eyes, to control the lust of the flesh.

Abba Macarius the Great used a dead person's skull as a pillow to sleep on.
Even Philosophers were eating and drinking in skulls of the dead.  Also many great Kings have said death to be a panacea for their glory, and the cure for their pride.

Luke 12:32-44

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.

34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,

36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.

37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.

38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak.

39 But understand 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.

40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

41 Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?”

42 The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time?

43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.

44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.


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