Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!'” -Mark 13:33-37
With wonder, I gaze at a horizon hoping for a Light that fills me in a whole new way. This time, may Christ come closer to me in my service, my teaching, my loving, my prayer.
May I stay awake and be alert. May I pay attention and know what is mine to do, and then have the strength to do it. May my heart and mind be open so Christ can find a home in me. May I be quiet and calm so I can recognize Peace when it reigns on Earth.
This Advent, may we all watch for the ways we are to be ready. To really be watchful, we must slow down and look and listen. We must look and listen in and around.
May we be attentive to Christ’s invitations to be united through acts of service, generosity, celebration and prayer. Let’s all watch.
Advent has arrived.