A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 24:37-44
"Jesus said to his disciples: "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this; if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake, and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared; for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come." The Gospel of the Lord
+Prayer: Breathe in me O Holy Spirit
"Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come." Our Lord comes every day and many times in a single day. He comes in Silence. He comes in the chaotic moments of the day, in the little disappointments that turn beautifully Providential, He comes in the person I pass walking into a store, in the man I see struggling carrying his groceries. He comes in places we do not expect Him. Perhaps a great virtue to grow in this Advent might be, living the now with Him. If I live the present moment and enter it fully with all the love in my heart, then I cannot be 'ill-prepared' because I am with Him already and if I am with Him already, then there is no unexpected 'coming' but rather, a deeper recognition of His Beauty and Goodness. He comes many times in a single day and one day, He will come a final time and this time I shall go with Him. Do I find myself aching to hear Him, to see Him, to recognize Him, to welcome Him in the moment I find myself in right now?