1st Sunday of Advent 2017

 

 

 

1st Sunday of Advent – 2017

 

 

 

“I say to all: Watch!”

 

 

 

I hope that we all agree that a knowledge of something is a good thing. It is of value to us and to others as well. When someone is doing something good or even amazing we look at this action very carefully so that we may understand and learn something. We want to know what is going on. We do not feel quite happy when people  do not want to tell us what and when something will happen, when they do not want to share with us their knowledge.

 

A lack of knowledge or even an information fills us with an uncertainty, anxiety or fear. And this is not good at all. A long-term living in such a situation may lead to stress. Human beings can’t live properly in such a manner. It may lead even to their death.

 

What – then – does this Jesus’ warning: “Watch!” mean to all of us? Living in stress? No, not at all. Read those verses again. The servants were placed in charge “each with his own work”, and the gatekeeper on the watch. If they do honestly and at their best their work, they have no reason to be afraid of the master, whatever the time may be. It is not so important because they are doing what they supposed to do.

 

But those lazy ones, neglecting their duties and looking only for their own pleasure, shall be shocked by the sudden coming of their master.

 

As Christians, believers of Jesus Christ, doing our work of love and mercy, we do not have any reason to live in stress. The Lord may come at any time. We do what we supposed to do and live the same way. This is the meaning of being alert – to live a good life according to the Lord’s wish.

 

 

 

Fr. Kgotsofalang SCJ

 

 

 

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