Jesus said to his
disciples: "Therefore, 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."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I come to
you again in prayer. Even though I cannot see you,
I know through faith that you are present in my
life. I hope in your promise to be with me.
I love you, and I know you love me. Accept
this prayer as a token of my love.
Petition: Lord, help me to remain alert,
keeping the goal of heaven always in mind.
1. Days and Hours: None of us
knows how long we have to live, nor did Jesus
reveal how long human history would continue before he came
again for the Final Judgment. This should make us realize
we need to be always ready to meet Our Lord,
to have our actions true, and our conscience always clear.
We need to be living as if each day were
our last, as if our eternal happiness depended on the
choices and actions of this very day. Every moment is
precious and important in God’s eyes, and the one necessary
thing is working to attain our salvation. This is more
important than anything else we can accomplish in life.
2. True Prudence: The servant who
is constant and steady, who does what he is supposed
to do at each moment, is the truly prudent person.
God wants us to be faithful and follow his will
every single day. This is the path to holiness and
union with God; there is no other way we can
be close to God except by doing his will, out
of love and gratitude. How do my actions today reflect
loving obedience to God’s will? Am I putting God at
the center of my life, or do I have him
and his will relegated to the margins, paying attention to
what he wants of me only from time to time?
3. A Long Delay: Often
it can seem that God is distant and not involved
in our lives. It can seem that he is not
coming back anytime soon, and this can lead us to
become distracted with many other things. Every day we need
to renew our spirit of faith in God and in
his constant presence, living each day to please him, no
matter how long the delay seems to be. We need
to live in his presence through faith in him and
his revelation, which guides us along the pathway to eternal
life. We need to keep a lively, operative faith in
God and in his presence every day.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, teach me to pray
with real faith in you and in your word which
gives life. Help me believe at every moment so that
I can please you, do your will and grow in
will renew my faith each day, frequently making conscious and
fervent acts of faith.