Last night instead of retiring to my favorite position on the couch to distractedly flip through the channels looking for something to watch, I opened YouTube. Not really a big difference you might say. However it was the content of what I "watched" that mattered. This week's Gospel focuses on watching as well.
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 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!'" Mark 13:33-37
This passage in the thirteenth chapter of Mark's Gospel is the last of several prophetic descriptions Jesus gives His disciples of what is to come. From the destruction of the temple to a description of the end times and the coming persecution along with the great tribulation, the disciples are given ample warning that they are to be alert and ready for...
The Coming of the Son of Man!
In this first week of Advent we begin the journey to Christmas and... the coming of the Son of Man. During Advent our preparation is for the coming of the Christ Child. At this time of year it is often a challenge to avoid the distractions of life and Advent reminds us of our need to watch for Him.
I wonder if our struggles with distractions during the busy time prior to Christmas is indicative of a larger malaise that causes us to lose our general watchfulness?!? Jesus' second coming that is referenced in this week's Gospel is something we all must be "watching" for. What we do while we are about our "own work" is critical to how we remain watchful.
As for my YouTube time last night, I watched worship videos. It was a minor thing but it made a big difference for me. Instead of watching reruns of The Big Bang Theory I was focused on the one who initiated the Big Bang in the first place. In so doing I was much more alert to God in my life. The grateful feeling I carried to bed allowed me to look forward to the start of another day where I expectantly watch for His coming in all things.