Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

Life will Take you Unawares If You do These Six Things. Friday 32nd Week


Breakfast With the Word Friday 32nd Week Ordinary Time of the Year B


Luke 17:26-37




We are taken unawares when something happens by surprise or without expectation. In life, we do not actually know what can happen in the next moment.


It is like an event which God allows us to partake in but only God knows eventually when this event will end.


This calls for constant readiness, preparation and total attention on God. The gospel of today has an eschatological undertone of what can happen on the day the son of man will be revealed.


Surely, the day will take everyone unawares. But from today’s gospel, we have to delineate when life can take us unawares. Life will take us unawares;


1. When We take Everything for granted


Life will surely take you unawares when we underestimate, presume, suppose and undervalue many things.


This is when we fail to pay full attention and thus give little attention to many things. Jesus says that His day will be like the day of Noah when people are eating and drinking.


They took God for granted and never cared whether He exists or not. Then there was more wickedness on the surface of the earth. Consequently, the end takes them unawares.



Also, Life will take you unawares when you take life itself for granted, underestimate the importance of God and pay less attention about our end.


In life, nobody believes he can depart in the next second and thus we presume that nothing will happen.



When we take life for granted, life will surely take us for granted but when we prepare for life, life will surely prepare for us.




2. When We ignore Warnings 

life takes you unaware

Jesus also refers to the days of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrha and Lot’s wife. He says in the gospel that we have to remember Lot’s wife”. One peculiar characteristic of these people is that they ignored God’s warning.



In the scriptures, we find passages littered with warnings of the end time, faithlessness, prayerlessness, sin, falling in temptation, the unpredictability of life etc but sometimes we ignore them to focus on our earthly desires.



It is like when a city is warned of an impending earthquake and they choose to ignore the warning, the day the disaster will strike, no person will know. Whenever we ignore warnings, we are also making ourselves available for the unexpected.


God has constantly warned us about the destructive implications of many type of lives that we live, yet we pay deaf to them. When the consequences arise, then we begin to seek for whom to blame. Therefore, the time to think about our lives is now.





3. When we think Everything is always Normal


This is one of the mistakes we always make believing everything will always be normal as it uses to be. One thing that is synonymous with life is change. Even the person you trust before can change.


Do not live without expectation. The people of Sodom and Noah’s time continued their daily routines, eating and drinking and believing that everything will always be normal, until life takes them unawares.



Presently, no one is thinking about what can happen in the next minute. We always believe that things are always normal until we understand that things can never be normal.




4. When we fail to Prepare


Whenever we fail to prepare, we are inviting the unexpected. Life will take you unawares when we decide never to prepare for the future.



Today, Jesus takes time to instruct His disciples so that they will prepare and get ready for His second coming.


As we live, we have to remember that one day, the end will surely come. Failure to prepare and get ready for this may look disastrous.


5. Excessive Attention to Material Things


Sometimes when we pay too much attention to material acquisitions, we forget that these things will surely vanish one day. We forget that our soul also needs attention. Everything we fight to acquire will surely perish.



In the gospel, Jesus says that anyone who wants to safeguard his life will surely lose it. And on that day, no one can carry His possessions with Him.



Lot’s wife could not behold losing her possessions and she looked back. Sometimes the things we try to acquire will make us lose sight that we are just like people, who attended an event and surely we must go back to where we come from.


Therefore, As we make an effort in this world, let us also not forget our ultimate destination.



6. Inability to Focus forward



In this gospel, the message is that no one can predict the coming of the son of man. Hence, we have to look forward to that.


We have to focus our attention on our relationship with God, and to be with Him at the end of our earthly existence.

The past held Lot’s wife from moving forward. Therefore, Do not allow the things of the past and the things we have now to make us lose sight of the future.


Life will always take us unawares if we are carried away by the past and by the things we see in the world. Let us Always look forward and prepare for the life to come.



May God bless you dearest and give us the grace to prepare for our heavenly destination all the time. May He surely be with you all the days of your life. Amen


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  1. Ozoana Collins says

    Amen! Thank you Padre! May God keep blessing you always. Also pray for me too. I want to study abroad so I can give back to the community. But as it stands now, things are just frustrating. I look up to God for divine favour and miracle.

  2. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen.please oh Lord.let me be mindful of my ways of Life and always to be in the state of Grace. Amen

  3. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says


  4. Mailoushi James says

    Amen; it is only the fools that focus on the beauty of this world, forgetting the author of that beauty. The world’s beauty should not divert our attention from the author of that beauty who is God, but should give us more reasons to glorify Him and make us to always prepare that the owner of our lives can come at anytime to take what belong to Him from us. As a result, preparation to meet our creator anytime should be the basis of our living.

  5. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen. Thank you Fr

  6. Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen. God help us to know you more.

  7. Mbama Christiana says

    Thank you Padre for today’s message. May the Lord continue to protect and direct you. Amen

  8. Rosemary Umeze says

    Lord help me not to loose consciousness of being ever ready . Amen. Thank you Father


    Thank you Father for this wonderful reflection.

  10. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr.

  11. Agwu Maureen says

    Thanks padre for today’s breakfast with the word
    Always inspiring
    God bless you

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  17. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr. Good morning

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  20. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏

  21. Dinmah Lucy Chinyere says

    Amen & Amen

  22. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Dear God, keep my/our eyes focused on You, on what matters the most, In Jesus Name, Amen!

  23. Okonkwo onyinye says


  24. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Fr


    AMEN 🙏
    God Bless you Padre…

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  27. Ogochukwu says

    Amen, thank you Lord 🙏

  28. Enudu Nkechi Lilian says

    May God continue to help us with work of Angel Raphael soft at end we all will surely get to our heavenly destination in Jesus mighty name we pray amen.
    Thank you For Sanctus Mario, we appreciate, remain blessed always.

  29. Edith Oramalu says

    AMEN thank you Fr. Sanctus Mario God bless you

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  31. Sylvia says

    Amen. God bless you father

  32. Jane chuks says

    Ameeeeeeeeen 🙌

  33. David Sunday Edore says

    Amen Padre

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  38. Nnametu chioma Michelle says

    Amen and Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  39. Beatrice Solomon says


  40. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Thank you father for all your encouragements.

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  44. Blessing Chilo Adie says

    Help us oh Lord to always look at the goals set before us to make heaven and not be carried away by mundane things through Christ our Lord Amen

  45. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    May I never be taken unawares🙏

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  48. Dikes thressy says

    Indeed the points are true and will surely help us make it if we sincerely follow it. His spirit is alive in you May you continually be focused as his name alone be praised Amen

  49. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  50. Vivian Elochukwu says

    Amen 🙏 🙏

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  53. Dodoh Peter Anthony says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  54. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    AMEN! Thank you Jesus.

  55. Nicholas Juma Omondi says


  56. Ndulue Chidimma says

    it’s right to be always ready, I pray God gives me the Grace to be always prepare

  57. Godwin Odah says

    Amen 👏.
    God of host, help us over come the things of the flesh and help us focus on things of the spirit now, till the end of time.

  58. Emelda says


  59. Eberechi Mercy says

    May God help us all in Jesus name amen

  60. Carmela U. E. says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you too Fr.

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  62. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen and Amen

  63. Theomaris says

    Amen 🙏

  64. Glory says

    Glory for transfer

  65. Muhindo Moris says

    Thank you Fr. For all the spiritual guidance.

    We’re blessed to have you.

    I would like to be part of your daily meditation.
    Thank you.

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  67. Ehon Mary says

    Nice breakfast, thank you my padre

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  70. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre God bless you plenty 🙏

  71. Lydia Chinyere Okonkwo says

    Thank you Fr. The Good Lord will continue to use you to HIS Greater Glory In Jesus Name Amen.

    Thank you fr. Thank you Jesus and Mother Mary.

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  73. Ozoro Christiana says

    Amen 🙏

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  75. Doris Emmanuel Ogban says

    LORD please give me the GRACE to prepare for my Heavenly destination in JESUS CHRIST MIGHTY NAME AMEN 🙏

  76. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Thank you Fr.

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  78. Enibe Jacinta Amara says

    Amen.o Lord uphold me with your right hand that I may always be aware of your presence.

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  80. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen and Amen.

  81. Christian Onuigbo says

    Remember me in your prayer for God to bless me with a good work that will glorify his name .

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