Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.
Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. “Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions.
But if that wicked slave says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and he begins to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know. He will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,But only [s/]he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit ’round and pluck blackberries.”
—Elizabeth B. Browning
Despite the suffering and pain in our world, God’s presence is crammed into the most unexpected places. To “stay awake” as Jesus commands, requires us to acknowledge God’s presence in all of these places. We take off our shoes in humility to honor the presence of God in each and every one of our neighbors like Moses did when he encountered God at the burning bush. May we tenderly love the neighbor who votes differently than us. May we celebrate God’s presence in our LGBTQ+ neighbor. May we recognize The Holy Spirit in the neighbor who doesn’t act like us, prays to a different God, or even the one who refuses to extend us the same kind of understanding and love. This is how we become a facet of God’s kingdom on earth.
—Rose-Carmel Goddard is a student at the University of Michigan and is an active member of St. Mary Student Parish in Ann Arbor, MI.
Let me have too deep a sense of humor ever to be proud.
Let me know my absurdity before I act absurdly.
Let me realize that when I am humble I am most human,
most truthful, and most worthy of your serious consideration.
—Daniel A. Lord, S.J.Please share the Good Word with your friends!