Does the author of Revelation really expect us not to prepare? That would take a lot of faith. I think all are challenged.
If we are going to court, we naturally prepare. We want to have our defense well thought out and airtight. We practice how we will respond to the attorney’s questions. We certainly would take a second look at not being prepared. But is that what is intended in this reading?
I don’t think so. Let’s look at the overall theme of Revelation. Those cities who have floundered and not kept the faith are chastised.
We are given instructions as to how God wants us to worship Him. Many of the words from Mass are taken from Revelation. We are told to be hot or cold, not lukewarm.
With these thoughts in mind perhaps our preparation is to be considered in a different manner. That is, we are to study our faith. We are to read and reflect upon the Bible. We are to spend time in prayer. We are to live our lives in a loving and merciful way.
If we are doing all these things, then I would suggest we are sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We are already listening to His inner directions. It will still take humility and trust in God, but know that you go with the Holy Spirit. Then perhaps preparing is living the faith. Do you think so?
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen