The Gospel for yesterday’s Mass, that of the first Sunday of Advent, calls us first to be on our guard, to take care.
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come. It is like a man travelling abroad: he has gone from home, and left his servants in charge, each with his own task; and he has told the doorkeeper to stay awake. So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow, dawn; if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!’
In the parable Jesus suggests that staying awake is a duty that the servant owes to the Master.
Yet surely our staying awake, at the Master’s urging, is for our benefit. If it is also for his benefit, it is because he loves us and wants us to benefit from what follows from our being alert, awake, attentive.
How fortunate is the dozy, (dopey?) servant, who so often falls asleep inopportunely, to be wakened and cherished by the Master who is love.
- In prayer thank God for his love and care
- Consider how best you might share that care today.
The photograph is of a statue of St Mark in the Cathedral of Marseille. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.