Mt 24:42-51 The Lord As A Thief
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.”
While meditating on today’s Gospel, I discovered something that I had never noticed before. The Lord compares himself to a thief: “If the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake.” Why a thief? Why not a King? That is: “if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the King was coming, he would have stayed awake and prepared a meal, a bed for his guest.”
There are four ways to pass a test: You can (1) study hard and not question it; (2) cheat; or (3) hope the professor changes the grades; (4) or hope the passing grade is significantly lowered.
Likewise, there are four ways to live life with God: You can (1) strive for it; (2) try to slide into it; (3) hope and pray that the Lord changes the rules; (4) hope and pray that the Lord significantly widens the gates of heaven.
Wake up Americans! Get up my fellow Christians!
The Lord is a thief! He is! Little by little, He takes away the most important things in our life. Most of the time, He follows a certain pattern. When we are young, He takes away our grandparents, then our parents, and then, slowly but surely, He begins to work on us. Little by little, the Lord slides the carpet out from under us. He takes from us our wealth and our health. And then, when we are at our weakest moment, He takes our spouse away from us. Only in death do we part.
Why is He a thief? Well, how else will I come to realize that He, and only He, is at the end of the tunnel; that He is the beginning and the end; the only thing that matters? What I may not realize is that the Lord is actually blessing me. He is actually helping me, helping me to live up to the prayers I say to Him. For years, I have prayed the Creed. Do I believe in Him? He will help me to find out. Or maybe I have never prayed the Creed. Do I believe just in myself? He will help me to find out!
Every day I proclaim to the world that I love the Lord and that I believe in Him. Now do I trust in Him? Am I ready to place my life in His Hands? Life is all about realizing one’s prayers of holiness. Like John the Baptist, will I not be truly blessed when I can unconditionally, unequivocally, accept God’s divine Will and live up to my own prayer: “He must increase, I must decrease”? John prayed that his “little light” would be blown out. Did he really mean it? Would he go through with it? The Lord answered his prayer for holiness, and the Baptist lived up to it and was blessed. Now, it is time for us to do the same.
There are plenty who try to cheat their way in life and into heaven. They are similar to those who spend beyond their means, or try to show that a sinner’s life is really the best life E-V-E-R! Like all those who have gone before them, they will write in their autobiography how they wish they could do it all over again, but without the sinning part.
Today’s extremists either insist on a wide open gate [All are welcomed!], or on a very narrow gate that excludes everyone including themselves. They attack, without mercy, His Word; His teachers; His followers; His commandments; His laws. They attack, without mercy, Christ and His Church. But God’s love and mercy does not discourage “follow me” and “carry your cross”. Can’t it all be all of the above? After all, doesn’t it all come from above?
“Stay awake in the hour of the night!” means discover God in the darkness of the world. “Stay awake” means open your eyes, change your mentality, stop seeking external and visible signs to reinforce your own perception of God’s Will for you.
“We will know God to the extent that we are set free from ourselves.” (Pope Benedict XVI)