Gospel: Mk 13:33-37
Be alert and watch, for you don‘t know when the time will come. When a man goes abroad and leaves his home, he puts his servants in charge, giving to each one some responsibility; and he orders the doorkeeper to stay awake. So stay awake, for you don‘t know when the Lord of the house will come, in the evening or at midnight, when the cock crows or before dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him catch you asleep.
And what I say to you, I say to all: Stay awake!“
Read: We are the clay and God is the potter – we are God‘s masterpieces. We have been enriched in Christ and therefore, God will not fail us. Gospel gives the message of advent: Be awake and watch for the coming!
Reflect: Is it too hard to be ever watchful? Not really! The watchfulness mentioned here can be understood this way: imagine you are traveling with your friend in a car and you are absorbed in conversation with him. During the conversation, your friend who is at the wheel picks up every signal on the road and drives accordingly. And, at some point he asks you, “Can you check the door?
I do not think it is shut well.“ How did he pick these up while engrossed in conversation? Was it hard for him? The alertness for the coming of the Kingdom is such sort of watchfulness.
Pray: Give me a heart, Lord, which is ever awake to the workings of the Master Potter.
Act: Take a walk in the woods. Or on the beach. Or in the garden. Be awake to the presence of God around you.