On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 30, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Start awake! A usual reminder at Advent. But now an appropriate and very important reminder with everything that is going on in world. From the sexual abuse scandals to the continued fighting, bickering amongst men, and all other distractions that draw the people away from the Lord their God.

Let us keep our focus on our Lord Jesus Christ. And strive to be Faithful and obedient stewards. Always and everywhere caring for those He has left in our charge. And while we overcome the many obstacles and challenges we face, we give glory and thanks to the Holy Spirit who had helped us in so many varied ways. By His gifts we are made strong to love and to serve.

Lord guide me always in Your ways so that I may one day hear You say, “Come my good and faithful servant, come dine with Your master and friend.” Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 1:1-9
You have been enriched in many ways in Christ

I, Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle, together with brother Sosthenes, send greetings to the church of God in Corinth, to the holy people of Jesus Christ, who are called to take their place among all the saints everywhere who pray to our Lord Jesus Christ; for he is their Lord no less than ours. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send you grace and peace.
I never stop thanking God for all the graces you have received through Jesus Christ. I thank him that you have been enriched in so many ways, especially in your teachers and preachers; the witness to Christ has indeed been strong among you so that you will not be without any of the gifts of the Spirit while you are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed; and he will keep you steady and without blame until the last day, the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, because God by calling you has joined you to his Son, Jesus Christ; and God is faithful.

Gospel

Matthew 24:42-51
He is coming at an hour you do not expect

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.’

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