“Stay awake and be ready! For you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” – Mt. 24:42  

The final weeks in Ordinary Time are upon us. The readings for the 32nd and 33rd Sundays indicate two very important aspects of Christianity: wisdom and watchfulness. 

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True wisdom is from God. Simply put, it guides the faithful into determining whether something is good or evil. The ability to make wise decisions stems from a consistent prayer life, a complete trust in God and an openness to the truth. The Book of Wisdom explains that Wisdom is “resplendent (magnificent) and unfading” indicating a level of truth so prevailing that it never goes away. This is God’s truth.  

What is this “resplendent” truth for Christians? The truth lies in the theological virtues of faith, hope and love. St. Paul explains in his Letter to the Thessalonians that we are called to have faith in Jesus Christ, who lived, suffered, died and rose for us, thus destroying the power of death for the restoration of the body and soul. We are called to hope in the promise of the resurrection through Jesus that we, indeed, will rise again because of our faithfulness. Fortifying these is love, which extends from the sacred heart of Jesus into the missionary activity of the church. 


The Gospel builds upon the realities of wisdom. Those who are wise are also watchful. St. Matthew stresses the faithful to “stay awake, for you do not know what day the Lord will come.” What does this mean? It means what few think about … mortality. It is a reality that we will all come to know. Our lifespan is uncertain. Are we spiritually prepared for the moment when we are called from this life into eternity? Are we ready to meet Jesus today?  

As we pray during Mass, “we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ…” we express the happiness in anticipation of this moment, as we live fully each day in service and sacrifice for others. The “light of our lamp” is our faith shining brightly. The “oil” which fuels the light is the good work we do for others. Thus, we participate in the work of ministry, same as the “worthy wife” who uses her hands to bring goodness to the poor and needy. 


The result of wisdom and readiness is the ability to use what God has given to each. The parable of the talents explains the pure gifts in which we are entrusted with by God for his glory to love and serve others. Through this, we prepare for his coming, when he will ask, “What have you done for me?” We must be prepared to answer this from the heart. Ask yourself, “What have I done for Jesus, today? Is what I am doing leading others to him? Is what I do life-giving?” May God ready our hearts to remain steadfast for our king is drawing near.  

Dow is the director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.