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Matthew 24:42-51

The Word of God

Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
'Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. But if that wicked slave says to himself, "My master is delayed", and he begins to beat his fellow-slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know. He will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 24:42-51
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    • Therefore, you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. Jesus does not tell us to be afraid or anxious, but to be ready and prepared to welcome him whenever he comes to our lives. I look back to the moments when Jesus’ coming was a surprise, to the moments when I was ready to meet him and when I was too distracted. I ask for the grace to know how to replace anxiety with trust, looking forward to meeting Jesus, whenever he arrives.
    • Our times are very sensitive to all kinds of abuse of power, yet we seem unable to eliminate it. I pray for the abused and the abusers, for politicians and judges of integrity who will enact and enforce laws that prevent abuse and bring redress. I look at my life and ask for light to see whether I am like the man in the parable.
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    • In the long run, a life based on truth and integrity, on love, compassion and sharing, will always be better than one based on selfishness. The wise ones are those who consistently try to seek and serve God at every moment of every day.
    • They find happiness now and Jesus will not be a stranger when he comes to call them to himself. We pray that we may stay awake and alert.
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    • We face an ongoing temptation to jog along in the present, as if there were no significant changes to be made in our lifestyles. We can get comfortable about the way things are, or upset and cynical about the poor state of the world, but do we do anything to make it better? Jesus urges us to take the longer view; to believe that God is in charge of human history and wants us to play our part in bringing it to completion. We are to be ‘faithful and wise’ and live as if the Son of Man were just about to come.
    • Thomas Merton writes: ‘Every moment and every event in every person’s life plants something in their soul.’ Lord, You are busily at work in my life, so help me catch on and respond. Amen.
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    • Throughout the gospels Jesus speaks about being ‘awake’ and paying attention. Am I so preoccupied with the busyness of life and my own particular cares and concerns that I sometimes forget to watch and pray?
    • The idea that God might come at any hour makes some people nervous and afraid. If I let Jesus lead me into a deeper love of God, I realise that I have nothing to fear but am able - at any time - to say to God, ‘Look, here I am.’