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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 3, 2017

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SUNDAY, December 3      Advent 1

Mark 13:33 Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.

I love the Advent season for its penitential focus on patience and glorious resolution. I do not, however, particularly enjoy being told to beware on the first Sunday of Advent. Beware! This warning seems scary—and perhaps it’s meant to be.

Jesus goes on to tell us to, “Keep awake…or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly.” How do we stay alert? Jesus compares our wait for him to a master going on a trip and leaving his slaves in charge of his important work. As Christians, we are called to do the work Jesus has started on earth, and as Paul reminds us, we have been given every spiritual gift necessary to complete the job.

We are often tempted to take a break and rest—so many people in our world are doing important work, and the job is nowhere near complete. Maybe what Jesus is trying to tell us today is that prayerfully, patiently watching doesn’t mean simply waiting passively for Jesus to return. Advent is also a time to keep up the good work Jesus has asked us to do.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you be active in your waiting and watching? Share your thoughts and ideas with us at #ForwardDaybyDay.

PRAY for the Diocese of West Buganda (Uganda)

Ps 80:1-7, 16-18 | Isaiah 64:1-9 | 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 | Mark 13:24-37

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