Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
Advent is just about upon us, and once again, we feel that sense of preparation and excitement. We know that Jesus will arrive soon, and we are making our hearts, our schools, and our homes ready to receive Him. Our scripture passage counsels us to be alert as we wait for this precious gift from God, not just during this season, but every day.
Theologian Henri Nouwen shares with us: “It is this joyful expectation of God's coming that offers vitality to our lives. The expectation of the fulfillment of God's promises to us is what allows us to pay full attention to the road on which we are walking.”
As we begin this journey of joyful expectation of the coming of Christ and experience the inevitable busy-ness of the upcoming season, I hope you find many opportunities pay attention and to “keep awake” so that you are alert to the presence of Jesus in your life each day.
APOSTOLIC LETTER OF THE HOLY FATHER ON THE MEANING AND IMPORTANCE OF THE NATIVITY SCENE