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December 1, 2019

Mt 24: 37-44

For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 

Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Stay awake in the Lord

Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” I view this as a warning about our deaths. Many know when death is near; for others death is sudden. Our faith keeps us awake at all times.

Facing incurable cancer, my father said: “I am going to let this disease take the course the Lord wants.” He remained calm and peaceful as his end came. Seventeen years later my mother told my sister “It is about time I went to have a good long talk with your father.” She died peacefully a week later. St. Oscar Romero and our Salvadoran martyrs knew by faith that Jesus was coming for them. These inspiring examples of “staying awake in the Lord” are not rare among our Christian people. For myself, I envision Christ saying to me: “Come, let me take you to my Father’s house.”

—Fr. Louis McCabe, SJ, is a retreat director at Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau, LA.

Prayer

Soon and very soon
We are going to see the King
Soon and very soon
We are going to see the King
Soon and very soon
We are going to see the King
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
We’re going to see the King

There’ll be no more cryin’ there
We are going to see the King
No more cryin’ there
We are going to see the King
There’ll be no more cryin’ there
We are going to see the King
Singin’ Hallelujah, Hallelujah
We’re going to see the King

There’ll be no more dyin’ there
We are going to see the King
No more dyin’ there
We are going to see the King
There’ll be no more dyin’ there
We are going to see the King
Singin’ Hallelujah, Hallelujah
We’re going to see the King

—Lyrics to Soon and Very Soon by Andrae Crouch, © 1976 Bud John Songs, Inc. / Crouch Music


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December 1, 2019

Mt 24: 37-44

For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 

Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Stay awake in the Lord

Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” I view this as a warning about our deaths. Many know when death is near; for others death is sudden. Our faith keeps us awake at all times.

Facing incurable cancer, my father said: “I am going to let this disease take the course the Lord wants.” He remained calm and peaceful as his end came. Seventeen years later my mother told my sister “It is about time I went to have a good long talk with your father.” She died peacefully a week later. St. Oscar Romero and our Salvadoran martyrs knew by faith that Jesus was coming for them. These inspiring examples of “staying awake in the Lord” are not rare among our Christian people. For myself, I envision Christ saying to me: “Come, let me take you to my Father’s house.”

—Fr. Louis McCabe, SJ, is a retreat director at Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau, LA.

Prayer

Soon and very soon
We are going to see the King
Soon and very soon
We are going to see the King
Soon and very soon
We are going to see the King
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
We’re going to see the King

There’ll be no more cryin’ there
We are going to see the King
No more cryin’ there
We are going to see the King
There’ll be no more cryin’ there
We are going to see the King
Singin’ Hallelujah, Hallelujah
We’re going to see the King

There’ll be no more dyin’ there
We are going to see the King
No more dyin’ there
We are going to see the King
There’ll be no more dyin’ there
We are going to see the King
Singin’ Hallelujah, Hallelujah
We’re going to see the King

—Lyrics to Soon and Very Soon by Andrae Crouch, © 1976 Bud John Songs, Inc. / Crouch Music


Please share the Good Word with your friends!