The Second Coming

The readings of the Church these days are all about the end of the World and the second coming for the LORD JESUS CHRIST that is because we are towards the end of the Coptic year. The Gospel for today is from St Mark chapter 13.
The Disciples and the LORD JESUS were coming out from the Temple, the Disciples were feeling proud by the majesty and beauty of the building, the LORD JESUS said to them:
Do you see these great buildings? There shall not be one stone left on another that shall not be thrown down.”
When they have reached the Mount of Olives the Disciples asked HIM to tell them when this will be and what the sings before it happening are. The LORD JESUS started telling them about the destruction of the Jerusalem and the Temple and gave them some of the signs that will happen and then the LORD started telling them about the end of the World and HIS second coming and the sings preceding them, towards the end of HIS talk HE said to them (Mar 13:35-37) “Then you watch, for you do not know when the lord of the house is coming, at evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or early; lest he come suddenly and find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all. Watch.”
What does it mean to be on the watch and why?
To be on the watch does not mean that we don’t sleep, but it means that the one should be aware about his spiritual life and all his daily acts.
Why should we be on the watch?
1/ Because our enemy does not sleep.
If you were told that a dangerous burglar has escaped from the prison and he is in the area where you live and at any moment you might be the next victim, will you be able to sleep or you will be on the watch with your weapon in hand to protect yourself and your family? This is the situation of my spiritual life when I come to know that my adversary the Devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone he may devour;” Then I will be awake so that this lion will not fine me asleep and devour me.
2/ Because I don’t know neither the day nor the hour: The biggest trick the devil uses to cheat us with is that every one of us has a plane for himself, one has a plane for five years to come and the other for ten years, and so on……. Do you remember the parable of the fool rich man which was said by the LORD JESUS “Luke 12:20 But God said to him, Fool! This night your soul shall be required of you”
We must all be vigilant and on the watch all the time knowing that death can be at any moment and any day. Therefore, be on the watch: because my enemy never sleeps and I don’t know the hour.
Be on the watch for what?
Be on the watch for the salvation of your soul: (Mat 16:26) “For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” be on the watch for the salvation of your soul meaning that you should judge yourself daily about where are you from the LORD’S commandment, because if you don’t judge yourself your soul will be lost and you will lose your crown and eternity.
The message of the Gospel of today while we are going toward the end of the year is to be vigilant and on the watch.
May the LORD give us the life of vigilance and spiritual watch over so that we protect our crowns and eternity. Good News