The Divine Thief

“Stay awake!”
A reflection on Matthew 24:42-44 and Isaiah 57:15
Thursday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Therefore, 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.

Matthew 24:42-44

For thus says the high and lofty One, the One who dwells forever, whose name is holy: I dwell in a high and holy place, but also with the contrite and lowly of spirit, To revive the spirit of the lowly, to revive the heart of the crushed.

Isaiah 57:15

5 thoughts on “The Divine Thief

  1. fdan

    Good morning, GMC! Your reflection turns our “mourning into joy.” As my 23-year old nephew says, “Feels good to be woke.” May we all stay “woke.”


  2. cenaclemary12

    Hearts crushed by circles of confusion.
    Enter the Master into the house,
    Now mercy surrounds every one.
    God’s love replaces illusion.

    P.S. woke – new usage
    ADJECTIVE – informal
    alert to injustice and discrimination in society, especially racism.
    “we need to stay angry, and stay woke”


  3. fdan

    Thank you cenaclemary12 for the definition. Somehow, I knew I could count on you for the clarification. Hopefully, we can also add to Oxford Dictionary and common usage, “stay woke on Jesus and His Word.”

    P.S. I always enjoy and find Meaning in your poems. Thank you.


  4. fdan

    Thank you for the Taize chant. I remembered Sister Alice Weckerle, rc, who introduced me many years ago to this form of prayer and meditation. Her favorite was Jesus, Remember me. It brought back fond memories of her and how calming the Taize chant is. Thank you. God-bless you.


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