As a mother, I frequently hear questions from my two children that begin, “When will…..” When will we do this, when will we go there, when, when, when! Often my answer is, “When the time is right.” which really means, I don’t know!
I was recently reading Matthew in which Jesus tells the story of the ten brides waiting at night for the bridegroom to arrive (Mt 25: 1-3).Some were prepared and others weren’t and when it came time to enter the house those that were unprepared were unable to join the wedding feast. Jesus warns his disciples saying “Stay awake for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
I find it interesting that this parable sets up the often quoted scripture for social justice later in the chapter about the separating of the sheep from the goat, “For I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me drink…”(Mt 25:35-36).
In placing these two stories together, we see clearly Jesus’ call for action here and now. We can’t wait for the Kingdom to come tomorrow, though we live in the hope of the fullness of God’s Reign. We are called to be active participants in the building of the Kingdom today.
So when I ask myself, “When will we ever see compassionate migration policy or when will Creation begin to heal from our destructive patterns of consumption,” I need only remind myself of these two stories: Be Ready to Act Now!