Scripture Reading: Mark 13:33-37

What does the Lord expect from us and are we ready to meet His expectations? The Lord Jesus told a story that was familiar to His followers — the necessity for labourers to be ready for action and ready to give their best when the master returned from his journey. Were these servants excited or anxious about their master’s return? The watchful servants looked forward to the future because they knew their master would be pleased and would reward them for their vigilance and hard work. Disaster and reprisal, however, awaited those who were unprepared because of carelessness or laziness.

The prophet Isaiah tells us that God will surely reward those who wait for him: “From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who works for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4). Our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, entrusts us with his gifts and grace and he expects to be ready for action and prepared for the future. Our call is not only believing, but to watch; not only to love but to watch; not only to obey but to watch! What are we to watch for? 

The greatest event to come –the return of our Master and Lord Jesus Christ when he comes again in glory at the end of the age. The kind of watching our Lord has in mind is not a passive “wait and see what happens” approach to life. The Lord urges us to vigilance and be active in prayer that His “kingdom may come” and his “will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. We are not only to watch for Christ but to watch with Christ. The Lord wants us to have our hearts and minds fixed on him and his word. He wants us to be ready for his action and grace in our lives and our world. Those who “wait” for the Lord will not be disappointed. He will surely come with his grace and saving help.

MASS: GREEN Is 63:16b-17; 64:1.3b-8; Ps 80:2ac and 3b.15-16a.18-19(R.4) 1 Cor 1:3-9; Accl. Ps 85:7 Gospel Mk 13:33-37

Prayer Points:

1.    “Lord, awaken my heart and mind to receive your word and to prepare for your coming again. 

2.    Free me from complacency, from the grip of sin and worldliness, and form attachments to things that pass away. 

3.    May I always be eager to receive your word and be ready to meet you when you came again.” Amen.

4.    Pray for the grace to participate in our 5-days End of the Year fasting and prayer that begins tomorrow.

Exercise: We should live as if Jesus might return at any moment and ask us to account for what we have done with our lives.

Meditation: Psalm 24:9