19th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year Cr


Moses had declared a series of plagues. The tenth plague was known as the "Passover" because a messenger of death passed over the country, taking the first-born of the Egyptians. (Possibly only the eldest son of the Pharaoh.) This would result in freedom for the Hebrews. Jewish people still celebrate the meal which Moses commanded for that night. According to the Book of Wisdom, the Passover was foreseen by the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. These men had many lived centuries before the event. They may not have known the specific details, but they had faith that God would rescue their descendants.


the night of the passover was known


faith evidence of things  not seen

be like servants awaiting their master's return



This phrase occurs several times in the bible. To understand it, you must know something about clothing in biblical times. Most people wore long tunics that stretched from the neck to the ankles. This was a useful style in the hot and dusty Middle East. It was not practical, though, if the wearer had to move quickly. In such a case the person would gather up the garment above the knees and tie up (or gird) the surplus with a rope or cloth belt.
Jesus uses the expression to suggest that His followers must be prepared for immediate action when God calls us. As disciples, we must act swiftly in service of God and our neighbor.

the son of man will come at an hour you least expect

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