Watch, for you do not know when the master of the house will come: Commentary Fr. Jorge Miró
Sunday, 3 December 2023
Fr. Jorge Miró shares with the readers of Exaudi his commentary on today’s Gospel, Sunday, December 3, 2023, entitled “Watch, for you do not know when the master of the house will come.”
Today we begin with the whole Church the new liturgical Year and with it, the time of Advent, which is a gift from the Lord, a precious time in which the Lord reminds us that we are not alone, that we have been created out of love, for Love, and that He is knocking at the door of your life today to give you a new life, to live in you, and to do in you – through the gift of the Holy Spirit – the work of the new creation.
In the season of Advent we prepare ourselves to go out to meet the Lord, who came, who is coming and who will come at the end of time. Because the decisive thing is not that you seek God. What is decisive is that God is looking for you.
Advent is a time of joy and hope. We can live in hope because we are certain of God’s faithfulness, we see that God loves us, that God is faithful and keeps his promises. And so, in the midst of the difficulties and problems of every day, we can have hope, because we know that God is faithful and never ceases to love us, that he is always with us and that nothing and no one can separate us from the love of God manifested in Christ Jesus (cf. Romans 8).
Advent means that God’s presence in the world has already begun. God gives us his time, for he has entered history with his word and his works of salvation, to open it to the eternal, to make it the history of the covenant. It means that we are not alone. He is already present in a “hidden” way. But this presence is not yet total, it is in the process of growing, of maturing. And we also live in the certainty that Christ will return at the end of time. On that day, good will triumph definitively and everything will be submitted to him.
Watch! This is the call of Jesus in today’s Gospel. He addresses it not only to his disciples, but to all: Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house will come, whether at evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn; lest he come unexpectedly and find you asleep (Mk 13:37).
Watch, for we are easily distracted and forget God.
Watch, so that you may be clay in the Potter’s hands, and be shaped by his Word; by the history he is making with you, which is a history of love and salvation; by the cross, so that you may reign with Christ on it.
Watch! So that you may see the Lord, who loves you, in the midst of your life, of your history.
Be vigilant! That you may live in humility and welcome the Lord who comes into your heart.
Watch, so that you may be attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Courage! Open your heart to the Lord! Do not be afraid, he is not coming to take away anything that makes you happy, but to give you everything. If you believe, you will see the glory of God!