Reflection 8
November 30, 2014

Text (Gospel Story) Mark 13:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert. You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his own work; and he orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch. Watch therefore; you do not know when the lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cock crow, or in the morning . May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”

Sharing the Mission

Advent symbolises our human condition. We long. We hope. We rejoice in what we have. We yearn for what we have not. Even nature conspires during Advent time to make us feel our human incompleteness. The Lord is about to create something new. Isaiah cherishes this theme. He repeats it again and again. “See, I am doing a new deed, even now it comes to light: Can you not see it? Yes, I am making a road in the wilderness, paths in the wilds.”

Discussion

How does your conference respond in a different way to those you assist this Advent?

Action

This week, in the busiest time of preparation in your conference, take time to reflect on how you personally will prepare for Advent.

Prayer

(Leader) Lord, you come to bring courage and hope,

(Together) May we proclaim your coming with our lives.

(Leader) You come as a visible sign of love,

(Together) Help us to serve the poor with compassion.

(Leader) Strengthen us to the end by your grace,

(Together) So that we may always be on guard, watching and alert.

(Together) Amen