You do not know the day (Mt 25:13-25:13)

“Keep awake therefore!

You know

Neither the day

Nor the hour!”

 

Γρηγορεῖτε οὖν, ὅτι οὐκ οἴδατε τὴν ἡμέραν οὐδὲ τὴν ὥραν

 

This parable ending saying is unique to Matthew.  This is the famous remark about the end times.  Jesus said that they were to keep awake, to watch and be vigilant all the time (Γρηγορεῖτε οὖν), because they did not know (ὅτι οὐκ οἴδατε) the day (τὴν ἡμέραν) or the hour (τὴν ἡμέραν) when the end would come.  This was a simple message to be vigilant all the time because your end or the end of the world could happen at any time.

Careful with your secrets (Sir 13:12-13:14)

“Cruel are those

Who do not keep your secrets.

They will not spare you harm.

They will not spare you imprisonment.

Be on your guard!

Be very careful!

You are walking about

With your own downfall.

When you hear these things

In your sleep,

Wake up!

During all your life.

Love the Lord.

Call on him for your salvation. ”

Sirach warns that the cruelest people are the ones who do not keep your secrets. In fact, they are out to harm you and put you in prison. Be on your guard and careful when you are walking around. Your downfall can come at any time.  When you hear these things when you are asleep, wake up. You should love the Lord your whole life for he will bring salvation to you.