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Homily (Reflection) for Thursday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time (I) (31st August, 2017) on the Gospel

 
1Thess 3:7-13;
Ps 89:3-4.12-14.17. (R.v.14);
Matt 24:42-51.
Topic: Ever on guard.
Jesus warns in today’s gospel that the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour,
Keep awake ... for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.... if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.
Blessed is the faithful and wise slave whom the master finds at work when he comes. His master will put him/her in charge of all his possessions. But the wicked slave who thinks the master is delayed and begins to beat others, and eats and drinks with drunkards will be caught unawares. He will cut such off and put him with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Many do postpone when to give their lives entirely to God. Regrettably, those who are fortunate to see the proposed dates keep proposing new ones forgetting that no one is sure of seeing the next second, cf. Jas 4:14.
The riches of God’s kindness and forbearance and patience is meant to lead us to repentance, cf. Rom 2:4; 2Pt 3:9. We ought to accept God’s olive branch now because no one knows when the time will be up. As His kindness is great so also is His justice, cf. Rom 2:5-11. Hence, we read from prophet Nahum, “Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure the heat of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken asunder by him” (Nah 1:6).
Bible Reading: Rom 2:1-16; Jas 4:13-17.
Thought for today: Today is the right time.
Let us pray: Lord, help us to turn fully to you without any further delay – Amen.
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