“Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.”

As we come back to Matthew (24:42-51) and continue on, Jesus speaks to His disciples about the return of the Lord.  He begins with the words at top, repeating them in essence twice more.  He elaborates by telling them a parable which contrasts two servants put in charge: a good servant who obeys his master’s commands while he is away to a bad servant who is a drunkard and beats his fellow servants.  When the master returns unexpectedly the former is blessed, the latter severely punished.  We tend to think of Jesus here speaking of the end times.  Well, that’s okay.  But it is important to remember another thing Jesus said about His return: “But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mk 13:32).  It is no concern of ours when Jesus returns in glory.  What we do know is that we will face Jesus one day, as we go the way of all persons.  As “Breaker” Morant once said: “Live every day as if it were going to be your last; for one day you’re sure to be right.”  How would we behave if we knew we were to die today.  It is worth being mindful of this.  Are we right with God?  Are we right with family?  Are we right with all whom we have encountered?  If we keep our eye on the prize and pray for the Lord’s help we can avoid the pitfalls that separate us from God and others.  May we never live with regrets but rather sincerely pour out our sins to the Lord with contrite hearts, a desire for penance, and a firm purpose of amendment.  Visit your nearest confessional soon, and often thereafter.  Our chance is now before the book closes on our lives.

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