Saturday, November 26, 2011
Mark 13:33-37 The Kingdom of God will arrive at an unknown hour, Watch and be ready
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!'"
This reading marks the beginning of the Advent Season. Here Jesus reminds us that the escaton, or the coming of the Kingdom of God, will come at an unknown hour. Like servants awaiting their master to return, we too are called to be ready for when the end times arrive. Like the servants who have done their work, we will be rewarded if we have done ours, but those servants who did not do their work while their master was away, like them, if we fail to love our neighbour and our God, we too will need to explain our lack of action. Therefore, we must be ready and watch for the coming of the Son of Man.