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Stay Awake

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Today’s Readings

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  • Reading I:  1 Thessalonians 3:7-13
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 90
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 24:42-51

Paul’s Gratitude and Desire to Visit

For a sentence flow of 1 Thessalonians 3:7-13, click the below image for a bigger view.

Sentence Flow

Timothy had returned from a brief mission to the Thessalonians and gives good news about them. Paul, reassured, now reiterates his intention of visiting the Thessalonians, so as to see them face to face — an opportunity he missed in the past (see 2:18) — and to "remedy whatever deficiencies" they still have in the faith. The Thessalonian community was after all, still a young community.

In v. 8, Paul declares, "We live if you stand firm in the Lord". To stand firm is the equivalent for the Hebrew "ne’eman" from which the word "Amen" derives. It means "solidly established,firm, solidly grounded" with the derived notion of "loyalty, persevering". If the Thessalonians continue faithfully in the Lord until He comes, then Paul and his companions will have some assurance that they too will share in the inheritance of the community of faith.

Stay Awake!

The gospel selection is something that we Catholics are familiar with; we often read it during the time of Advent. When we read it in Ordinary Time, we are reminded that being awake is one of the characteristics of Christian life. We stay awake because we are not children of the darkness. We stay awake because the moment of our salvation is nearer now to us than before. We stay awake as the wise and faithful steward who has been entrusted with a job so that whent he Master of the house returns, he may find us performing our task.

1 Thessalonians 3:7-13
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7Therefore we were comforted, brethren, in you, in all our necessity and tribulation, by your faith,
8Because now we live, if you stand in the Lord.
9For what thanks can we return to God for you, in all the joy wherewith we rejoice for you before our God,
10Night and day more abundantly praying that we may see your face, and may accomplish those things that are wanting to your faith?
11Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.
12And may the Lord multiply you, and make you abound in charity towards one another, and towards all men: as we do also towards you,
13To confirm your hearts without blame, in holiness, before God and our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, with all his saints. Amen.
Matthew 24:42-51
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42Watch ye therefore, because ye know not what hour your Lord will come.
43But know this ye, that if the goodman of the house knew at what hour the thief would come, he would certainly watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open.
44Wherefore be you also ready, because at what hour you know not the Son of man will come.
45Who, thinkest thou, is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath appointed over his family, to give them meat in season.
46Blessed is that servant, whom when his lord shall come he shall find so doing.
47Amen I say to you, he shall place him over all his goods.
48But if that evil servant shall say in his heart: My lord is long a coming:
49And shall begin to strike his fellow servants, and shall eat and drink with drunkards:
50The lord of that servant shall come in a day that he hopeth not, and at an hour that he knoweth not:
51And shall separate him, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
1 Thessalonians 3:7-13
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7Therefore we were comforted, brethren, in you, in all our necessity and tribulation, by your faith,
8Because now we live, if you stand in the Lord.
9For what thanks can we return to God for you, in all the joy wherewith we rejoice for you before our God,
10Night and day more abundantly praying that we may see your face, and may accomplish those things that are wanting to your faith?
11Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.
12And may the Lord multiply you, and make you abound in charity towards one another, and towards all men: as we do also towards you,
13To confirm your hearts without blame, in holiness, before God and our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, with all his saints. Amen.

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