Wednesday, August 29, 2018
August 30, 2018 – THURSDAY, 2018
21st Week in Ordinary Time
1 Cor 1: 1- 9 / Mt 24: 42- 51
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."
Why are we afraid? We are afraid because we are not prepared or because we do not know what will happen next. If we have been blessed into friendship with God, we can remain steadfast in our faith, not fearful of anything.
To live in faith and in the grace of God, we need to prepare ourselves to remain "in love" with God. We should remain faithful to him and obedient to his commandments not only when it is easy to do so but more so when it is challenging and difficult. We need to always be in a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God in thought, word and deed.
How we choose to love God is best exemplified by following how God has chosen to love us. He gave us his only begotten Son to become man and die and be raised from the dead for us. He chose to love us even though we are all sinful people.
It is when we love without asking anything in return that we show true love. It is when we love to the point of hurt that we show true love. It is when we live our love for God and neighbor all the days of our life that we find God's reward for us.
The Gospel reading tells us to "Stay awake, then, for you do not know on what day the Lord will come." "Be alert." Always and all the time.
Let us strive to be spiritually awake and alert all the time, taking advantage of God's helps and guidance in his Church.
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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