Advent Reflection Booklet 2014 - page 5

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do
not know when the time will come.”
Mark 13:33-34
In today’s Gospel, Jesus relates to his followers the importance
of being prepared for the Master’s return, for the “end time.”
Going a little deeper, however, we might also find that Jesus is
challenging us today to be on the alert, to be ready for opportuni-
ties that await us if we are only mindful and aware. These op-
portunities are many and varied – to enter into a deeper relation-
ship with God through prayer and meditation, to live as peace-
makers in an often violent world, to share our gifts with people
in need, and to be a compassionate presence to those in sorrow
and pain.
But how easy it could be for us to miss those opportunities or
lose sight of the needs of others because of our busy schedules
and many responsibilities. Fortunately, each year, the Advent
season invites us to slow our pace a little, to be still and watch
more carefully for God’s presence in our lives, and to seek ways
to be of service to others. So let us enter these Advent days of
waiting and longing for God’s rebirth in our lives, eager to act as
ministers of God’s love, generosity, and compassion to all we
meet.
Loving and gracious God, in the words of the Prophet Isaiah, we
recognize that “
we are the clay and you, the potter: we are all the work of your hands.” Shape
and form us into a community who are mindful of your presence in our lives, in our world, but mostly in
one another. Let us live each day of this Advent season with hope, joy, and thanksgiving as we stay alert
to the endless possibilities we have of bringing your Kingdom to life in our world. Come, Lord Jesus,
come! We are watching, waiting, and ready to serve.
Mary D. Calderone, Ed.D.
Professor, Education Division
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