It’s easy to fall into routines. It’s easy to let habits dictate our actions and our lives. It’s part of our human condition. We say we like to be surprised, but do we? Would we not rather know what’s ahead, what things are happening and when? Of course we would. It’s safer that way. We can be prepared and ready and not be caught off guard. Life is seldom like that.
Wisdom tells us, in the first reading, that: The night of the Passover was known beforehand to our fathers, that, with sure knowledge of the oaths in which they put their faith, they might have courage. There are times when God wants us to know what is going to happen, when He wants us to be prepared so that we might have courage and wait without trepidation or fear, even though expectations might be fear-filled and dreaded. It is His Wisdom that decides when we need to know. He is our Guardian, Our Father, and Our Redeemer. Faith implies—no, demands—trust in Him.
The author of today’s second reading from the letter to the Hebrews—perhaps it was Paul, we don’t know for sure—puts it well when he describes Faith as the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Where was realization and evidence for Abraham when God asked him to pick up stakes and “Go… to a land that I will show you” (Gen. 12:1)? Neither was there. Abraham trusted implicitly God’s word and promise. His Faith was pure. That is why he is esteemed, by Jews and Christians alike, as the model of true Faith. He had no expectations beyond his trust in God.
It’s important to remember God’s place in this discussion of Faith. He is not a trickster. He does not want to catch us off guard. His Wisdom is founded in pure Love for each and every one of us. He wants us to be with Him but He gives us the freedom, on our own, to be prepared. The thief in the night might be an opportunist but God is not. His warning is for our benefit. He wants us to constantly live vigilantly every moment of our lives, with Faith and Trust in Him.