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Thursday, June 28: So you also must be ready

We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.

Read Matthew 24:42-44

"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."


Jesus continues stressing what a surprise his return will be. He encourages a watchfulness that we might picture like this: How awake and attentive would you be if your local neighborhood-watch folks informed you that your home would be broken into at exactly 2 a.m.? Would you be awake and on your toes?


How can you live today and tomorrow with anticipation and watchfulness for Jesus' presence? Maybe today won't be the day of his coming, but how might you be just as watchful for his ordinary presence among ordinary people in the midst of ordinary days?