Thursday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
1 Thessalonians 3:7-13, Psalm 90:3-4, 12-13, 14, 17, & Matthew 24:42-51
"Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come."
Matthew's Gospel narrative starts with a relatively strong warning. Jesus is telling His disciples to stay awake and be on guard, but does He understand how difficult it is? We are a tired society with most of us not getting enough sleep, and now we are being asked to stay awake. Thankfully, we can put away large cups of caffeine and tune into Jesus' real message—one that focuses on the importance of not staying awake, literally, but instead being on guard to ready ourselves for the coming of the Son of Man.
Yes, it's true, we do not know when the Son of Man will come, and because of this, we should do whatever we can to prepare ourselves. I surmise that none of us wants to die today; we want to leave earth on comfortable terms—knowing we are ready to meet God face to face? We want to say to ourselves, "Am I satisfied with what I have accomplished to date?" Or, like most, would we need to ask Him for a chance to return a bit longer to tie up loose ends. What would you need to do right now?
Matthew's narrative allows us the opportunity to reflect on whether we are living in the fullness of God's grace or are we falling short, too, in essence, allowing the thief to rob our homes or for us to be the unfaithful servant.
After reading today's Gospel narrative, Jesus reminds us to use this opportunity to ask ourselves whether we are ready—or if we need more time to do those things we know we need to do before the Son of Man comes. If God grants you this gift of time, well then, how will you make ready use of it?
Question of the Day: Will you consider utilizing the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Sacrament of Forgiveness, as a way to prepare yourself for the Lord comes?
Prayer: "Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come." Matthew 24:42.