Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalms 122:1-9; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44
There once was a small iron-working town where the mills were kept running day and night. The great steam-hammers, some of them weighing several tons, were night and day beating out huge masses of molten metal. All night long the sound reverberated through the streets of the village. But the townspeople were so accustomed to the noise that they could sleep soundly, despite the near deafening noise. One night, the machinery broke down and the hammers suddenly stopped working, and nearly everyone in town immediately woke. They had been awakened, unexpectedly, by the silence.
“So stay awake… The Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel Lesson (Mt. 24:42,44).…