Isaiah makes us to understand in our first reading today that there is none like our God. Though fearsome to the ungodly (Isaiah 64:2), our God is not only a caring and loving Father, he is also our Redeemer (Isaiah 63:16) and he guides all who act with integrity (Isaiah 64:5). Hence the prophet yearns for his company, for his presence, for his advent (Isaiah 64:1).
It is about this advent or coming of God to us which naturally happens at the end of our individual lives that all our scripture passages today, especially the second reading (1 Corinthians 1:3-9) and the gospel (Mark 13:33-37) are trying to prepare us for.
Hence, Jesus’admonition to us: “Be on your guard…because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow, dawn.” (Mark 13:33-37). For us to achieve this, we need to ensure that the following message of Paul is true in our individual lives: “the witness to Christ has indeed been strong among you so that you will not be without any of the gifts of the Spirit while you are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed” (1 Corinthians 1:6-7).
As we strive to do this, may we be steady and blameless till the last day, the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:8). Amen!
Scripture Passages For Today: Isaiah 63:16-17, 64:1,3-8; Psalm 79(80):2-3,15-16,18-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Psalm 84:8; Mark 13:33-37
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