We pray in + The Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to 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. Watch, therefore; you do not know when the lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or a 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!'"
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Lord.
Reflection: Jesus's command to watch is a command to watch for several things- or actually, only one thing but in several ways. The one thing we are watching for is the Lord's coming! On one level He is coming again, his Second Coming. And when He comes then in that way, we'll know it!
But He also comes to us everyday, in ways big and small; and in many situations, experiences, relationships, and prayer.
We also have to watch out for those times of the Lord's coming to us too!
The reality is that the Lord is constantly coming to us, everyday. Reminding us: you are not alone!
The question Jesus asks us today: Are we watching out for all the ways I am coming to us? And are we ready to respond?
We pray: Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
In the name + of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.