This morning I got up early and went to mass with my mother, and even though I was pretty groggy I still grasped the irony of today’s Gospel reading from Matthew. In case you were unable to go today, or don’t have an app that will automatically update you on the readings, I have included it below… (Matt 24:42-51)
“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43 But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.
45 “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 47 Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; 50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, 51 and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
The reason I found this to be very appropriate yet also ironic is because of the natural disasters and extreme weather exhibited throughout the United States, most recently in the New England area. Some might agree that the state of our nation is falling deeper and deeper into disarray. Not only do I feel like the people of our nation are becoming even more morally corrupt, but also our priorities have become so skewed, where if an establishment is closed on a Sunday we consider that inconvenient. Perhaps, the owners and employees are off preparing for our Lord to come.
Just adding my 2 cents.