Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

August 28, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Psalm 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Matthew 24:42-51

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's Gospel Jesus tells His disciples: "Stay awake!" (Matthew 24:42)

The briefness of the statement and the exclamation mark at the end leave no room for misunderstanding. It isn't a request or something that would be rather nice to do, but is instead, a command. As such, it implies dire consequences for those who would disobey.

In this case, it is being unprepared for the Lord's return as judge of the living and the dead; a time we might suppose, where we have run out of opportunities for another chance.

The thought is frightening—for what one of us doesn't think there will always be at least a little time to set things in better order, but Jesus says, in order to be ready, we must stay awake!

To stay awake beyond what we are accustomed is often exhausting if not altogether impossible. Yet, we are told, "Stay awake!" and not just sometimes, but always!

How much these few words make me realize how much we are in need of God's help—and that we already have it! When the Blessed Trinity resides in us as Triune Lord and King, He never sleeps! His are the eyes that watch, His the ears that hear, His the spirit that prays and adores on our behalf.

"Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come." (Matthew 24:42)

- Donna Nelson, OCDS |
email: drn3rd (at) hughes.net

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thursday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

St. Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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