Wednesday, August 30, 2017
THURSDAY, 21st Week in Ordinary Time
August 31, 2017 – THURSDAY, 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1 Thes 3: 7- 13 / Mt 24: 42- 51
FROM THE FIRST READING: 1 Thes 3: 7- 9
Those who sleep, go to sleep at night, and those who drink, get drunk at night. Since we belong to the day, let us be sober, let us put on the breastplate of faith and love, and let the hope of salvation be our helmet. For God has not willed us to be condemned but to win salvation through Christ Jesus our Lord.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 24: 42- 51
Jesus said, "Stay awake, then, for you do not know on what day your 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 their food in due 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 that one with everything he has.
"Not so with the bad servant who thinks: My master is delayed. And he begins ill-treating his fellow servants while eating and drinking with drunkards. But his master will come on the day he does not know and at the hour he least expects. He will dismiss that servant and deal with him as with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
"Stay awake, then, for you do not know on what day the Lord will come." "Be alert." We hear these admonitions in the Gospel reading. What does it mean to be spiritually awake and alert? How are we to prepare for the Lord's coming?
In the first example of how to be awake and alert, we are told about the house owner ready to prevent his house being broken into, if he knew when the thief would come. How do we keep our spiritual house and life safe from harm? By arming ourselves with God's grace and protection, through prayer, the sacraments and a life of faithfulness to God's commands.
In the second example, we are told about the servant who is tasked to prepare food and whatever for the house owner when he comes. Will he be like the one who is always well prepared for the master's return or like the one who parties and enjoys life, thinking and presuming the master is not yet to come? To be ready for the coming of the Lord, we should be ready with our good works, our prayers and participation in the life of the Church.
Let us strive to be spiritually awake and alert all the time, taking advantage of God's help and guidance in his Church.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
ALLAN P. QUIJANO
ANDREA NICOLE DYSIY
ERLINDA SIA TAN
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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