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"But about that day and hour no one knows,
neither the angels of heaven nor the son,
but only the Father.
As it was in the days of Noah,
so will be the presence of the human son.
For as they were in those days before the flood
eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,
until the day Noah entered the ark,
and they knew nothing until the flood came and took all;
so also will be the presence of the human son.

"Similarly as it was in the days of Lot,
they were eating, drinking,
buying, selling, planting, building;
but on the day Lot went away from Sodom,
it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and destroyed all.
It will be the same way
on the day the human son is revealed.
Remember the wife of Lot.

"Whoever seeks to preserve one's life, will lose it;
and whoever will lose it, will give it life.
I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed;
one will be taken, and the other will be left.
There will be two in the field;
one is taken, and one is left.
Two will be grinding in the mill;
one is taken, and one is left."

They asked him, "Where, Lord?"

He said to them, "Wherever the corpse may be,
there also the eagles will be gathered together.

"Watch, keep awake;
for you do not know when your Lord is coming.
It is like a person away from home leaving his house
and giving his servants authority, to each his work,
and he commands the doorkeeper to be alert.
Therefore be alert;
for you do not know when the lord of the house is coming,
whether late or at midnight
or at cockcrow or in the morning;
lest coming suddenly he should find you sleeping.

"What I tell you, I tell everyone: be alert.
Pay attention to yourselves
lest your hearts become burdened
with dissipation and drunkenness and the anxieties of life,
and that day appear to you suddenly like a trap;
for it will come upon everyone
sitting on the face of all the earth.
But be awake in every season
asking that you may be able to escape
all these things that are about to happen,
and be able to stand in front of the human son.

"Let your loins be girded and your lamps be burning;
and be like people waiting for their lord
to return from the wedding,
so that when he comes and knocks
they may immediately open to him.

"Blessed are those servants,
whom the lord will find awake when he comes;
amen, I tell you that he will gird himself
and invite them to dine and coming by he will serve them.
If he comes in the second or third watch and finds such,
blessed are those.

"But be aware that if the master of the house
knew at what hour the thief was coming,
he would be alert
and would not have allowed him to break into his house.
For this reason you also be ready,
because in the hour you do not think,
the human son is coming."

Peter said, "Lord,
are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?"

The Lord said,
"Who then is the faithful, sensible manager,
whom the lord will put in charge of his household
to give out food allowance at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant,
whom his lord will find doing so when he comes;
amen, I tell you that he will
put him in charge of all his possessions.

"But if that servant says in his heart,
'My lord is taking a long time to come,'
and starts to beat his fellow servants,
and to eat and drink with those getting drunk,
the lord of that servant will come
on a day he does not expect and in an hour he is not aware,
and he will cut him in two
and put his part with the unfaithful hypocrites.

"That servant who is aware of his lord's will
and not ready or not doing according to his will
will be beaten much;
but the one who is not aware,
but doing things deserving of blows,
will be beaten a little.
Everyone to whom much was given,
much will be demanded from one;
and whomever was entrusted with much
they will ask one for much more.

"Then the sovereignty of heaven will be like ten virgins,
who taking their lamps
went out to a meeting with the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
For the fools taking their lamps did not take oil with them,
but the wise took oil in flasks with their lamps.
The bridegroom being delayed they all dozed off and slept.

"In the middle of the night there was a shout:
'Look, the bridegroom is going out to a meeting.'
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.

"The fools said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.'

"But the wise answered,
'There may not be enough for us and for you;
go instead to those selling and buy for yourselves.'

"While they were going away to buy, the bridegroom came;
and the ones who were ready
went in with him to the wedding,
and the door was shut.
Later the rest of the virgins also came
saying, 'Lord, lord, open for us.'

"But he answered, 'Amen, I tell you, I do not know you.'
Therefore be alert,
for you do not know the day nor the hour.

77. Readiness for the Lord Harmony 77 * Interpretation 77
78. Parable of the Sheep and Goats Harmony 78 * Synthesis 78 * Interpretation 78

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