Sunday, August 7, 2016

“The first time Christ came to slay sin in men. The second time He will come to slay men in sin.”

Gospel Text: (LK 12:35-40)
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have the servants recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.
Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.”

In a world where traditional values are in question and where lines of morality may be blurred, today's Gospel reading reminds and urges us to be ever vigilant. To be vigilant not so much in being staunch and self-righteous but to believe and faithfully guard that the core values and treasures of our heart be preserved and not be compromised.

It pays to be watchful and careful and to be ready all the time.  We do not know when our values will be questioned and tested and our principles challenged.  It pays to guard our heart because "the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect." (Lk 12: 40)

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