Daily Gospel Reflection for August 31, 2017


Today’s Gospel: Matthew 24:42-51

We are about to embark on a change of seasons. Summer will turn into fall and even though the autumnal equinox won’t happen for another three weeks, with children going back to school – Fall has begun.

One of my favorite things about back-to-school time is buying school supplies. Long after my children had graduated from high school and even collage, I found myself gravitating toward the pen, pencils and notebooks in the local stores.

The ritual of preparing for school starting by gathering your supplies is reminiscent of this gospel. We want to be prepared. At least with school supplies, we know when our hour will come.

Preparing our souls for the Lord’s coming is something different. We may be jolted into thinking of our end of times through a death of a friend or loved one. Thoughts of eternity linger when we realize we too will die someday. Thinking of Christ’s second coming is much more difficult to ponder. What will that mean? We certainly won’t have warning; but what can we do?

We need to live our lives always prepared. That doesn’t mean we should fret. Every day we prepare by living, loving and praying. Living our life with joy, following Christ and the teachings of the Church are a great start.


A change of seasons is a good time to start a change of habit. How long has it been since you went to confession? A good confession helps you prepare not only for the end of times, but to meet each day with love and joy.


Lord, help me to love like You love so that I will be prepared when my time comes. Help me to live my entire life prepared in my heart to meet You.

Copyright 2017 Sharon Wilson

Sharon Wilson – Wife, Mother, Writer and Catholic Speaker. Sharon is the Chief Operating Officer for WINE: Women In the New Evangelization. Sharon has a degree in education and has worked as a freelance writer, respect life advocate, a teacher, in radio advertising, as a department store buyer, and in youth advocacy. She even rode an elephant in the circus once! Sharon speaks, writes, and shares about God’s healing, and about the great gift of being Catholic. Sharon lives in Faribault, Minnesota with her husband Dave, and with her children Gabe and Courtney. Find more at www.glorifiedwounds.com.

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