Thursday 25 August 2022

About Today Readings

St Louis IX; St Joseph Calasanz

1 Corinthians 1:1-9. I will praise your name for ever, Lord – Psalm 144(145):2-7. Matthew 24:42-51.

He is coming at an hour you do not expect

When Jesus says, ‘stay awake’, you would be forgiven for thinking it’s something of a threat. In a way, it is. The stakes, Jesus is saying, are high. Jesus foretells ‘weeping and grinding of teeth’ but not as some capricious act but as the consequence of actions which destroys trust, which mistreat others and misuse goods. We all know people given opportunities likes this later example of a servant. Such people end up by their choices outside of communities that are loving and supportive; communities that transmit grace. More people we know are like the former servant: people who do their best to nourish the communities they are responsible for. We might ask the grace to be like this, acting out of the responsibilities God bestows on us today. We might pray, too, for mercy for ourselves and others for the times we are too harsh, when we lose sight of our call to care for oth

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