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Stay Awake


STAY AWAKE

Though Jesus taught how the faithful can estimate the time of tribulation and his second coming, like the forthcoming summer from the change in the fig tree, the exact day of his return is unknown to the humans. The Father decides that day and that would be an unexpected time for us. “You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come” (Mt 24:44). That is to emphasize the need for continuous faithfulness to God. “Stay awake” can imply the continuous spiritual uprightness. Those who are spiritually prepared have nothing to worry about. Instead, we look forward to it because of the Lord’s promise of an eternal reward in heaven. Hence, we have to be always watchful in keeping up the graceful state of our souls.

Matthew gives the nature and purpose of the Second Coming of Christ: a glorious arrival of a divine king to separate the righteous from the sinners and to reward the former and punish the latter! “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left” (Mt 25:31- 33). His first arrival was as a servant to serve humanity and as a redeemer to save us. Now is the time of repentance and salvation. That period of redemption is limited, and its duration is unknown to us. Hence, let us be on the right path now and always until our death or his return to establish the just and divine kingdom.

 


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