Vocation Meditation -
1st Sunday of Advent, 2008
Jesus said to his disciples: "Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with a particular task, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake - for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake."
As workers in the Father's household, each one is given a task and the trust to be awake and ready when the Master comes. But when? This is not known. He will come as a surprise to us and to the world. Readiness and vigilance are all we need that we may not miss the time of His visitation.
We all live in the shadow of eternity. That is no reason for fearful and anxious expectation. The One who is coming is a loving Master. He is our Savior. For us who wait in faith and in hope must work untiringly and lovingly for Him. We must so live fully that it does not matter when He comes. It gives us the great task of making every day fit for him to see we are ready to meet Him face to face. All our life becomes a preparation to meet our God!
My vocation to serve makes me vigilant. I am always on call to keep watch and pray.
Is my 'backpack' of life ready when He comes?
For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.