Thursday 31 August 2017
1 Thessalonians 3:7-13. Psalm 89(90):3-4, 12-14, 17. Matthew 24:42-51.
Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy! — Psalm 89(90):3-4, 12-14, 17.
‘He comes at an hour you do not expect …’
Once I got lost in the bush while trying to find my way back to a path. Because the river was high I took a risk to cross upstream and got lost in attempting to find my way back.
I knew the path was there, I just didn’t know how far away. I persevered and eventually came to it.
This made me relieved and happy but I did not necessarily see God’s hand in it: I was not attentive.
As a descendant from the rabbinical tradition of parabolic teaching, Jesus looked around and saw meaning everywhere. He saw that soon even the fear and violence of life in Israel at that time (the householder waiting for the thief) could become a sign of being alert and attentive to God’s return.
Vigilance and meaning are partners; either alone would be mere garnishes for an empty plate.