GOSPEL COMMENTARY: “BE PREPARED” (Mt 24:42–51).
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.”
Gospel Commentary from the Navarre Bible, Commentary to the Gospel of St. Matthew (with permission)
- 42 Jesus himself draws from this revelation about the future the practical moral that a Christian needs to be on the watch, living each day as if it were his last.
- The important thing is not to be speculating about when these events will happen and what form they will take, but to live in such a way that they find us in the state of grace.
- 51 “And will punish him [or, cut him in pieces]”: this can be understood as a metaphor for “will cast him away”. “Weeping and gnashing of teeth”: the pains of hell.
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