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

Stay awake! Christ will come like a thief in the night.
Be prepared with houses merciful and contrite.

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9 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. fdan

    Thank you cenaclemary12 for the definition. Somehow, I knew I could count on you for the clarification.

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


  3. 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.


  4. fdan

    Dear GMC, Thank you for your powerful reflection. It makes me think, what is one thing I should change in my life, but keep putting off. Your reflection makes me realize not to put off questions like these. Thank you, GMC, for the motivating influence you have been in my life. Thanks be to God!


  5. cenaclemary12

    I’m sure thieves prowled at night in the time of Christ. Houses then did not have high tech security. Heavy metal door latches protected those inside. In these times, crime rates are ever-rising to new records. Even when security systems are on, the “cat burglar” who recently struck again, finds ways to disable the alarm. Yes, we do have an alarm that blasts a loud siren when security is broken. We are careful not to leave the house vacant for long periods of time.
    So far it sounds like we are livinging in a war zone!
    High tech can offer only so much. Turnng to a higher power to ease our fear means asking the Good Shepherd to guide and protect my way in and out. We don’t know the day or hour so I need to rely on the promises made by God to be with me always.
    Apologies if this comes through too slanted towards reality. Yet this is the world of today. Max Lucado’s ebook, “Fearless” is downloadable from local library. He makes clear how important is the path of faith. I’m halfway through the book now.
    Being prepared for meeting God here and hereafter includes living in the present reality, knowing Who is walking with me (Footprints image) and trusting I’ll have my table set to invite Love for agape.


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