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Thursday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 24:42-51): Jesus said to his disciples: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come... So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come." Jesus said to his disciples: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so. Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards, the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding 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 fall 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 ".