Monday – December 2, 2013; Matthew 24:36-44

The Necessity for Watchfulness

“But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.

As single parents we know the importance of being watchful, it can feel like we are always keeping an eye out for our children; making sure they are safe and happy, and that we always try to know where they are…or at least where they are supposed to be.  Cell phones and texting makes keeping track of our children easier, but it is impossible to be watching them all the time…especially as they get older, and want to be more independent.

Just because our children are growing up doesn’t mean that they no longer need us, or that we stop worrying about them, as they get older they have the potential to get into more trouble, and we can find ourselves worrying even more.

It can be easy to let these worries get the better of us, especially as it feels like we are the only ones responsible for their well-being…but that is where today’s gospel reading brings us good news:  because we are never on our own…God is always with us!!!

What the gospel tells us is not that we have to watch for Christ to return, but that Christ is already here…alive and active in our world already!!!

Our call from today’s gospel is not to prepare for the coming of Christ into the world but to see God’s presence right here, where we are, such as in the love we share with our children, our families, our friendships, and in this amazing world we live in.

Our call is to make the presence of Christ known in the world through sharing our faith, through offering each other love and support as we travel through our lives together, helping each other by sharing what we have learned from our own experiences as single parents.

By sharing our faith, we are letting the world know that Christ is not coming back, but is already here with us now (and in fact has never left), and is God’s way of watching over us, just as we watch over our own children; however, the good news is that while we cannot always watch over our children, God is always watching over us.

Let us Pray

 God, at this time of Advent let us strive to make the way ready for your kingdom, by making your presence known in the world through all that we say and do.  Thank you for always watching over us, and for you unending love and grace which surrounds us.  Please help us to share our faith as we strive to make our lives and our world a better place, for our children and for each other. 

Amen

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