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Liturgical day: Thursday 21st in OrdinaryTime

Gospel text (Mt 24,42-51): Jesus said to his disciples, «Stay awake, then, for you do not know on what day your Lord will come (...). Be alert, for the Son of Man will come at the hour you least expect». Jesus said to his disciples, «Stay awake, then, for you do not know on what day your Lord will come. Just think about this: if the owner of the house knew that the thief would come by night around a certain hour, he would stay awake to prevent his house to be broken into. So be alert, for the Son of Man will come at the hour you least expect. Imagine a capable servant whom his master has put in charge of his household to give them food at the proper time. Fortunate indeed is that servant whom his master will find at work when he comes. Truly, I say to you, his lord will entrust that one with everything he has. Not so with the bad servant who thinks: ‘My master is delayed’. And he begins ill-treating his fellow servants while eating and drinking with drunkards. But his master will come on the day he does not know and at the hour he least expects. He will dismiss that servant and deal with him as with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth».

Illustration: Fr. Lluís Raventós Artés

Today the Lord speaks to us about something we usually don’t think about ... We frequently ask ourselves: what do I want? And yet, it is more fundamental to ask: what do I live for? What is my destiny? Don’t get asleep! Don’t say "my lord is late ", because the Lord finally arrives for all of us.

- The "weeping and gnashing of teeth" represents the danger of falling asleep and being late. In a world far away from God and therefore from love, it feels pretty cold, to the point of causing the "gnashing of teeth ".