Once a fox was roaming around in a forest looking for food. Suddenly, he saw a pig rubbing his tusks against the trunk of a tree.
The fox looked about carefully but couldn’t see any danger for the pig anywhere. Despite being so clever, he couldnât understand why, the pig was doing that.
He couldn’t control himself, went to the pig and asked, “The hunters are not out today, nor can I see any other danger, then why are you doing that?”
The pig replied, “Dear! We live in a forest where enemies are there at every step. Who knows when I’ll have to face them and use my tusks against them? So, if I don’t do it now, I may not get time to sharpen my tusks when I need them the most.”
This story teaches us that always be ready for the bad times to come.
“There will be signs in the . . .(heavens). . .and upon the earth, distress of nations. . .they will see the Son of Man coming. . .lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand” (Gospel).
On His second Advent at the end of the world Jesus will come in the fullness of Divine Power. Then will we be obliged to accept Him as King of Justice. So today let us begin to prepare for this year’s anniversary of His first Advent as King of Mercy.
Because His coming is “nearer” we are warned to “rise from sleep,. . .lay aside the works of darkness. . .and put on he Lord Jesus Christ” (Epistle).
Aware of the dangers ahead during this preparation, we call upon His “power” to protect us (Prayer) and to “cleanse us” (Secret). Finally, we promise to “prepare with due reverence for the coming festival” (Postcommunion).
Excerpted from My Sunday Missal, Confraternity of the Precious Blood