I’ve never been a scout, but I do try to follow the code”always be prepared.” When I had babies, I carried a change of clothes for each “just in case.” I keep a “kit” of what I deem to be necessities in my suitcase, causing a friend I was traveling with who saw it to suggest that I could practically perform surgery with what was stuffed into it. On the faith front, Matthew’s gospel reminds us more than once to be ready:  “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming” and again in the parable of the ten virgins and their oil lamps:  “…you will not know the hour or the day…” Today and hopefully going forward I will remember to live every as if it were my last, in service to God and to my brothers and sisters here on earth.

by JAM