As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
Matthew 24: 37 – 41
Can you remember back to February of 2020, the last normal month before all of this. Do you feel like you made the most of that month? I’m sure all of us would have acted very differently if we knew what was coming. We’d have eaten out every night, visited every museum/pub/indoor space we could, and we’d visited all those people we were meaning to see. We had no idea that all those things we take for granted were about to go away.
Jesus’s uses the story of the Ark to shock people into action. Just as they didn’t know the flood was coming, no one knows what the future holds. So Jesus says, don’t put off leading a good life, you must start right now. It’s easy to think there will always be another chance to make things right, but maybe there won’t. Don’t postpone that change, now is the time to turn a new leaf.
Prayer: Living God, keep me from becoming complacent. Life is a precious gift, yet it is so easy to fritter away time think there will always be more of it. Help me to seize the moment and to life the full and good life you have intended for me.
Action: What do you know you need to do but are putting off? Now is the day to do it!