25 August 2016
Thursday, 21st Week in Ordinary Time
St. Louis of France, King
St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest
1 Cor 1:1 – 9 / Mt 24: 42 – 51
St. Louis (1214 – 1270) was King of France and father of eleven children.
St. Joseph Calasanz (1557 – 1648), a Spaniard, founded the Piarists, an order dedicated to the education of poor children.
From the Gospel Reading: Mt 24:42 – 47, 51
Jesus said, "Stay awake, and then, for you do not know on what day the Lord will come. Just think about this: if the owner of the house knew that the thief would come by night around a certain hour, he would stay awake to prevent his house to be broken into so be alert, for the Son of Man will come at the hour you least expect.
"Imagine a capable servant whom his master has put in charge of his household to give them food at the proper time. Fortunate indeed is that servant whom his master will find at work when he comes. Truly, I say to you, his lord will entrust him with everything he has.
"Not so with the bad servant. . . . He will dismiss that servant and deal with him as with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
The coming of the Lord is very important for everyone: everyone should be ready to receive him when he comes. We should be ready when God calls us for an accounting, for judgment of how we lead our lives.
To be ready means that we are doing what we should be doing, what we are tasked to do. In the parable in today's Gospel reading, we see the master rewarding the capable servant who does his work well and who is ready for the master when the master returns.
But "not so with the bad servant. . . . He will dismiss that servant and deal with him as with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Mt 24: 51)
In the parable of the ten bridesmaids (Mt 25:1 – 13) Jesus urges all to be prepared at all times for the coming of the bridegroom for the wedding feast: otherwise they may be shut out from the wedding feast: "So, stay awake, for you do not know the day nor the hour." (Mt 25: 13)
Related to being found awake and ready are the parables about making good use of the talents God has given us. (Mt 25: 14 – 30; Lk 19: 11 – 16) God will demand an accounting on how we have made use of the many talents and gifts he has given to us. The productive ones will be rewarded: "Well, good and faithful servant, since you have been faithful in little things, I will entrust you with much more, Come and share the joy of your master." (Mt 25: 23) The lazy and unproductive ones will be severely punished: "As for that useless servant, throw him out into the dark where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. " (Mt 25: 30)
Do we make good use of what we have? Of what we have been gifted? Are we ready at all times since we know not the day nor the hour when we must give an account?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Krisford L. Macalad
IN MEMORIAM (+)
For the various intentions of Elieson Michael Santiago.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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