AUGUST 26. Ord Time B. Wk 21. Thu. Mt 24 42-51
Updated: Aug 26
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
‘What sort of servant, then, is faithful and wise enough for the master to place him over his household to give them their food at the proper time? Happy that servant if his master’s arrival finds him at this employment. I tell you solemnly, he will place him over everything he owns. But as for the dishonest servant who says to himself, “My master is taking his time,” and sets about beating his fellow servants and eating and drinking with drunkards, his master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. The master will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.’
Today’s Gospel begins with Christ giving a warning to his disciples about their coming death and judgement and the fact they have to be ready for this event at a time unknown to them!
What he is telling them, and us, is rather than trying to determine when this will be, we need to be living our lives in such a way that we are continually in a state of grace.
This is a teaching the world, and Christians, need to hear as our hearts become attached so quickly and easily to “the things of the world” we tend to “forget” our time on this earth is very short; - and so; - there is no need to attend the sacrament of Confession!
This is a surprising attitude from mankind; - given the teachings of our faith and the teachings of Christ; - where we are told we are on this earth for eighty or so years (maybe!); - but after that our Creator wants us to live with him, in a union of love, in heaven for eternity?
We seem to have some difficulty accepting the implications of this teaching, as if we truly appreciated what it meant, we would certainly not live our earthly lives as most of us do; - as something that cannot happen today???.
In reality, what it means is the time we are given on earth is a time of preparation for eternity, and the focus of our lives should be on eternal life; - rather than the things of earth; - but sadly few of us view our earthly life in this light.
And we also “overlook” the warning given to us at the end of this Gospel passage; - where rather than eternal happiness; - we will be given eternal punishment, where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth!”
And none of us, at our judgement, will be able to claim that we had not been warned?
On the other hand, the promises given to those who live their lives in accord with Christ’s teachings are very clear; - “Happy that servant if his master’s arrival finds him at this employment. I tell you solemnly, he will place him over everything he owns!”
Despite the promise of eternal life, we still find it difficult to focus our hearts on gaining it?
Gospel Acclamation Mt24:42,44
Be watchful and ready:
you know not when the Son of Man is coming.
First reading 1 Thessalonians 3:7-13 ·
Now we can breathe again, as you are still holding firm in the Lord
Brothers, your faith has been a great comfort to us in the middle of our own troubles and sorrows; now we can breathe again, as you are still holding firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you, for all the joy we feel before our God on your account? We are earnestly praying night and day to be able to see you face to face again and make up any shortcomings in your faith.
May God our Father himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, make it easy for us to come to you. May the Lord be generous in increasing your love and make you love one another and the whole human race as much as we love you. And may he so confirm your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless in the sight of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus Christ comes with all his saints.
"The disciples refer to their own troubles and sorrows that they were experiencing!"
"May the Lord be generous in increasing your love, and make you love one another and the whole human race, as much as we love you!"
"May he so confirm your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless in the sight of God!"