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Monday, December 1, 2014

First Sunday of Advent - Mark 13:33-37

First Sunday of Advent
Be Watchful! Be Alert!

“But of the day or hour, no one knows,
neither the angels in heaven,
nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mark 13:32)

Our new liturgical year is Year B with most of our Sunday Gospel readings taken from Mark’s Gospel. Today’s Gospel from Mark 13:33-37, gives us a message and a reflection for the first week of Advent. “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.” In this Gospel, Jesus uses the parable of the traveling land owner to drive home the point that we must live our life in a state of constant watchfulness for none of us know the time when we will be called to meet our Creator and give an accounting of our life.

“It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.” Here Jesus represents the man traveling abroad. We are the servants, who have each been given gifts (talents) and a charge (task) that we are to perform while we live and wait for the land owner (Jesus) to return.

“Watch, therefore; 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.” We do not know when Jesus will return so we must not be complacent, but persevere with the task the land owner (Jesus) has given us until His return. Be Watchful! Be Alert!

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