Gospel Mark 13:33-37
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!'"
Prayer: "I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and I hope for his word. My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak." (Ps 130)
I love when Jesus says, "Watch", He is about to do something! It is a 'promise' of His coming. To "Watch" for him requires us living in the present moment-not 'daydreaming' of the past or the future, but living in the now of the present. To live in the present moment simply means to stop getting ahead of Jesus, to stop leaving his company but rather just staying with him. He is speaking to us all the time but we can easily miss his 'action' in our daily lives because we are not even present to what is going on, in the moment. We need to slow down and allow our simplest human actions to be sanctified by Him in the present moment, by simply doing what we do peacefully in his company. As we begin this holy time of Advent let us do one thing-WATCH for His coming by listening for His voice; In Sacred Scripture (read the Gospel daily in Advent-USCCB website has the daily readings) secondly, by taking time to examine our conscience which is simply recognizing God's voice and presence in my daily life, his 'action' and thirdly, stay close to Mary and staying close to Mary is very simple if we but take her hand (the rosary)
In the days ahead in Advent during the week, I will post some simple prayerful spiritual exercises you can do beginning now but they can become a part of your daily life, and you will find that they neither consume time, nor are difficult to do, the more you do them, the more you find, you are always living in God's presence no matter how busy your day is-you can always Be with Jesus and your joy will increase.. We will grow in wisdom and peace if we order our lives to the One 'necessary' possession-Jesus!
"In the Silence of the heart God speaks. Let us take the trouble to pray. For prayer gives a clean heart. And a clean heart can see God." (St Mother Teresa)