Shortly before he carried the cross Jesus said to disciples, "When you see the buds on the fig tree you know that summer is near." We don't have fig trees in our northern climate but when we see buds on the trees we know that summer is just around the corner. It's not a question of whether or not summer will come; it's only a question of what we will do to prepare. Most people prepare their tools and purchase their seeds so that they can plant their gardens as soon as the warm weather arrives.
The Second Coming of Christ is very much like that. It is not a question of whether or not Christ will come to us again; it is only a question of what we will do to prepare. The best thing that we can do is to prepare our hearts. We can do this by changing our criticism to affirmation, our greed to sharing and our lack of sympathy to a spirit of kindness. If we make these preparations we will be able to sow the seeds of a new relationship with Christ as soon as He arrives.
Fr. Jerry Schik, o.s.c.