Thursday, August 31, 2017

“Jesus said the weeds would grow with the wheat until the Judgment," - I have come to believe that there is more grace in becoming wheat than there is in pulling weeds.”

"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." – St Mark: (Author of the Gospel of Mark. Mark is said to have founded the Church of Alexandria, one of the most important episcopal sees of Early Christianity. His feast day is celebrated on April 25, and his symbol is the winged lion.)

Gospel Text: (MT 24:42-51)
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

"Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant,
whom the master has put in charge of his household
to distribute to them their food at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so.
Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.
But if that wicked servant says to himself, 'My master is long delayed,'
and begins to beat his fellow servants,
and eat and drink with drunkards,
the servant's master will come on an unexpected day
and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely
and assign him a place with the hypocrites,
where there will be wailing and grinding 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.

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