Gospel: Mt 24:37-44
At the coming of the Son of Man, it will be just as it was in the time of Noah. In those days before the Flood, people were eating and drinking, and marrying, until that day when Noah went into the ark. Yet, they did not know what would happen, until the flood came and swept them away. So will it be, at the coming of the Son of Man: of two men in the field, one will be taken and the other left; of two women grinding wheat together at the mill, one will be taken and the other left.
Stay awake then, for you do not know on what day your Lord will come. Obviously, if the owner of the house knew at what time the thief was coming, he would certainly stay up and not allow his house to be broken into. So be alert, for the Son of Man will come at the hour you least expect.
READ: They will train for war no more.
REFLECT: The danger with a prophecy like this one is that we emphasize the they too much. We must not pass the bucket to the Russians, the Chinese or somebody else. Peace starts with me. The bucket has to stop somewhere.
PRAY: Let us implore God to pour his peace into our hearts.
ACT: Today disarm in your dealings with Jack and Jane, Jim and Julie