Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Today is new year’s eve in the Catholic Church. Tomorrow begins Advent and the new liturgical year. Before entering the new year the Church wants us to focus one more time on being prepared for the coming of Jesus.
May we take these words to heart from Jesus. “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life… Be vigilant at all times….”
Do I allow the anxieties of life to distract me from what is most important? I am saddened by the frenzy and violence around Black Friday. I only wish we had the same intensity and focus on our spiritual life. Black Friday is just a symptom of a culture that is anxious about many things that distract us from the true meaning of life.
One day each one of us will “stand before the Son of Man”. When we stand before the Lord one day what account will I give for my life?
How much did I love?
How did I care for the least of my brothers and sisters?
What can I start to change today in my life?
Have a blessed day,