"Stay awake!”

Thursday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 428   Mt 24:42-51

Jesus said to his disciples:
  “Stay awake! ”                                                                                                                                                    In daily life this is usually accomplished with a little coffee, a little fresh air, maybe some loud music; everyone has their own tricks.  In Jesus message “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.”: how do you stay awake? That too takes some effort, some tricks.For some it might be a short prayer on wakening, a prayer at meals, or perhaps the rosary. For others it is the daily mass, or the liturgy of the hours, or the stations of the cross.It could be something as unobtrusive as a religious calendar,the subtle reminder of a community. Many might find they need an active participation such as a community event like service to the marginalized or a ministry involving the volunteer of time to others. The charismatics might stay awake by singing in a choir, the contemplative by reading a book or studying Gods creation through nature. The meditative might simply allot time to focus their thoughts, the new age might follow a labyrinth; the conservative might kneel before a crucifix. Those who know the value of stay awake develop their own techniques over time. Perhaps the diligent know the value of staying awake from a time when they allowed themselves to slumber; and now they “stay awake!” by telling others what they learned…

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