Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082516.cfm
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.”
We are the servants put here to do the work of the Lord. We will be judged by the Lord for how we do that work. If we act the way Jesus has shown us, we will be given much to do. If we do not, then there will be a wailing and grinding of teeth in the place where we will be consigned for eternal life. We do not know when the Lord is coming, so we must act accordingly. Do not wait – heaven will not wait for you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I try to be the good servant, doing your will and working for your good. Help me Lord in the times I struggle and stray. Guide me with your gentle mercy. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
I will praise your name for ever, Lord.