Thursday of the 21st Week of the Year

Matt 24:42-51

The Unknown Day and Hour

There were three young devils their taking final examination in Hell. They were trembling in cold sweat despite the heat. Their Principal, Professor Satanus, looked at them and said: “Just one question, what will you do on earth to bring a rich harvest of souls to me?”

The first devil answered: “I will tell the people that God doesn’t exist.” “Bad approach,” Satan grumbles, “too many know deep in their hearts that my enemy exists, especially when they are about to die.”

The second devil shivered even more when he said: “I will tell them that hell doesn’t exist.” “Bad approach,” Satan sneered, “too many experience already a hell of a life and know that sin leads to eternal misery.”

The third devil was terrified by the bad results of this exam. But he was a clever fellow. He said: “I will tell the people that there is no hurry to change. That there is always a tomorrow.” “Splendid! You may graduate. You will bring souls to me by the millions.”

It is our tendency to postpone difficult things and Christ knows it so much. He knows that the most dangerous word for us is ‘tomorrow’; many thought that there is still plenty of time and so they get lost.

Today’s gospel is about vigilance or to keep watch or stay awake in meeting Him when He returns suddenly at the end of time. It is because Jesus says: “Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” Watch, in Greek, is gregoreite, which literally means, “Keep awake!” It is not a passive but an active watching and waiting for the Lord’s return.

I read a poem by an anonymous writer and was quoted by a priest in his homily, and this offers us further reflections on how to stay awake. It says:

Take time to think – it is the source of power.

Take time to read – it is the foundation of wisdom.

Take time to play – it is the secret of staying young.

Take time to be quiet – it is the opportunity to seek God.

Take time to be aware – it is the opportunity to help others.

Take time to love and be loved – it is God’s greatest gift.

Take time to laugh – it is the music of the soul.

Take time to be friendly – it is the road to happiness.

Take time to dream – it is what the future is made of.

Take time to pray –it is the greatest power on earth.

So let us be spiritually awake so that we may be able to know the shortness of this life and the possibility of it ending at any moment. So do not postpone your conversion. Do not postpone your love.

Let us pray that the Lord: “gives the wisdom to know what to do, the skill to know how to do it, and the virtue to do it,” (Mark Link, SJ).

Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

OPTION  01,   02,   03,

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