Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 26, A.D. 2005
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Psalm 97:1-2 5-6 10-12
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Therefore, stay awake. . ."
Live each day as though there were no tomorrow, because indeed, we are not
promised a tomorrow. Jesus' central message here is to be prepared at all
time to meet the King--don't be caught unawares.
How can we prepare to meet the King? First, we can pray daily. The best of
these prayers is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and that is supplemented by
the perfection of the Liturgy of the Hours. But we can also pray the
Rosary, the Divine Mercy, and adore God in silence. We can sit in joyful
wonder and await the word of the Lord. We can pray our work and our sorrow.
We can offer each day up with the Morning Offering and we can seal each day
with an Examination of Conscience and a small confession asking God to
strengthen us and see us home.
There are a great many writers today who have books about the coming
apocalypse--writers who claim to know the time and the way that Jesus will
appear. But Jesus tells us with certainty--no one knows that. Jesus
Himself did not know it in His time on Earth and no earthly prophet can
predict it. Moreover, even if one could say with certainty when the world
will end for everyone, no one can say with certainty when it will end for
anyone. There is nothing to say that we will not be called to meet the King
before the time all are called. So heed Jesus' words and like the wise
Virgins, be prepared to greet the King whenever He may come.
Lives of the saints:
Friday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
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