Skip to main content


Everyone must also take care to complete the work that God has entrusted to them, watching that they will not find themselves unprepared for the Lord when he comes

We are called to be vigilant because we do not know the 'precise moment' when the master will return to the house.  The 'house' can be seen as an image of the Christian community which prepares itself with vigilance through prayer and works, to welcome the master.  The 'house' can also be thought of as the spiritual dwelling of each of us that needs to be built daily.


VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - "What I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!" (Mark 13: 37)

The whole of the Advent liturgy is centred on humanity's 'keeping vigil' as it is through an authentically humble and trusting spirit of prayer that we prepare ourselves to welcome the coming of Our Lord Jesus. 

All humanity, and particularly Christians, should predispose themselves to welcome 'the master of the house' by having an attitude of 'vigilant waiting'.

St Basil said in this regard "Be vigilant every day and every hour in order to be  ready to perfectly fulfil that which is pleasing to God, knowing that in the hour we do not expect, the Lord will come."  Our attitude is not passive, sterile or 'dead' but living, active and participative. 

Humanity participates in the same coming of the Lord in a particular way: "the witness to Christ has indeed been strong among you." (1 Corinthians 1:6).

Therefore, we not only wait for Christ, but call out to him too "Lord, you are our Father."  Humanity, recognising that having sinned by not invoking God as Father and so having merited that God should have hid his face, calls on him to return "for love of his servants". 

We abandon ourselves totally into the hands of our Lord, because: "we are the clay and you our potter: we are all the work of your hand." (cf Isaiah 64: 6-7).

We cannot do other than thank God that we are "enriched in so many ways, especially in your teachers and preachers" (1 Corinthians 1:5), so that we will be found "without blame on the last day".

Therefore we are called to be vigilant because we do not know the 'precise moment' when the master will return to the house. 

The 'house' can be seen as an image of the Christian community which prepares itself with vigilance through prayer and works, to welcome the master. 

The 'house' can also be thought of as the spiritual dwelling of each of us that needs to be built daily.

Everyone must also take care to complete the work that God has entrusted to them, watching that they will not find themselves unprepared for the Lord when he comes. 

The season of Advent calls us to strengthen our spirit of prayer, carefully fighting the negligence and the weakness that makes us yield to sin.

Blessed John Henry Newman wrote in his spiritual diary that to be vigilant with Christ is to look ahead without forgetting the past.  It is not to forget that He has suffered for us, it is to lose ourselves in contemplation of the grandeur of redemption. 

It is to continually renew the passion and agony of Christ - to cover with joy that mantle of affliction that Christ wore first and then left behind when he ascended into heaven.  It is separation from this sensible world to join the life beyond the senses.  This is how Christ will come, and come in the way he has said.

We ask the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of waiting and silence, to accompany us in this beautiful time of Advent. 

She, who more than all other creatures knew how to humbly welcome God's Will, permitting therefore the work of redemption, will sustain us in our prayer, our works, and the authentic renewal of the body of the Church in holiness.

Citations of

Is 63,16b-17.19b;64,2b-7: www.clerus.org/bibliaclerusonline/en/9axfcyea.htm   
1Co 1,3-9: www.clerus.org/bibliaclerusonline/en/9abtbba.htm
Mc 13,33-37:    www.clerus.org/bibliaclerusonline/en/9btanim.htm

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2014
Christmas, hope for humanity:
That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
Parents: That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.

Keywords: Vigil, perseverance, advent, conversion, vatican, congregation for the clergy



NEWSLETTERS »

E-mail:       Zip Code: (ex. 90001)
Today's Headlines

Sign up for a roundup of the day's top stories. 5 days / week. See Sample

Rate This Article

Very Helpful Somewhat Helpful Not Helpful at All

Yes, I am Interested No, I am not Interested

Rate Article

1 - 2 of 2 Comments

  1. Michael D. Mann
    3 years ago

    Yes, it's a duty and responsibility, but to know the Master is a kind, generous, and loving Master gives us good reason to hope for His return. With all the preparations for the celebration of His coming in the world at this time, to me the time of Advent gives example after example of the work of the Holy Spirit in the world. What would the world be like without the hope of Advent.

  2. abey
    3 years ago

    Pray that when He comes suddenly as the bible says , without warning, coming in the Glory, it be on the basis of the Covenant & not of Judgement.

Leave a Comment

Comments submitted must be civil, remain on-topic and not violate any laws including copyright. We reserve the right to delete any comments which are abusive, inappropriate or not constructive to the discussion.

Though we invite robust discussion, we reserve the right to not publish any comment which denigrates the human person, undermines marriage and the family, or advocates for positions which openly oppose the teaching of the Catholic Church.

This is a supervised forum and the Editors of Catholic Online retain the right to direct it.

We also reserve the right to block any commenter for repeated violations. Your email address is required to post, but it will not be published on the site.

We ask that you NOT post your comment more than once. Catholic Online is growing and our ability to review all comments sometimes results in a delay in their publication.

Send me important information from Catholic Online and it's partners. See Sample

Post Comment

Great Christmas Gift Ideas