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Mark 13:33-37

The Word of God

Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake - for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake."

Mark 13:33-37
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    • Jesus is like a householder who has gone abroad. He has left his servants – that is, you and me – in charge of his affairs, each one with their own task. What is my task, my role in this world? “Stay awake because you do not know when the master will come back – “stay awake.” How do we do that? Very simply.
    • We keep in touch with those around us by each day doing our best to live lives of love, of compassion, of forgiveness, of honesty and integrity. We keep in touch with our God through lives of prayer. And the simplest and deepest prayer is to be aware of the active presence of God permeating every single moment of every single day. “O Lord, help to recognise you and respond to you in love through every person and every experience of this day.”
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    • Advent begins today. We spend this time preparing for the coming of Christ into our world. He is here already, of course, but he wants to come closer. Let me be one of his points of entry by keeping awake to open the door when he knocks.
    • What has Christ put me in charge of? How am I doing? Will I be delighted to see him when he comes?
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    • Jesus is speaking of his second coming at the end of time. But each of us, before that, can look forward to coming before our Lord. It means that we must so live that it does not matter when he comes. Our life becomes a preparation for the vision of happiness.
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    • Five times in this short passage Jesus tells me to be attentive. I would rather settle down to a comfortable life. But the world of God is breaking in everywhere, like an invasion. I ask for the grace to seek God in all things, as St Ignatius says.
    • A new world order began with Jesus, and I have a part to play in it. Every day I review what went on, and as G M Hopkins says, ‘I greet him the days I meet him, and bless when I understand’.