Jesus cautions his followers to be ready for the coming of the Lord. “Stay awake!” he says, and do what needs to be done. This teaching is given to us in a story about servants who were tasked to wait for their master’s return from a trip and to take care his property during his absence.
For us one meaning of the story is to be awake to God’s presence in our life. “Stay awake,” not just in the physical sense of the opposite of sleep but in the sense of being present and attentive to the needs of the moment, and to the beauty of the moment, and to the Lord’s presence in the moment.
The gospel call to us is to stay connected to the source of life and meaning, to stay aware of God’s presence and blessing in all that we do, to stay focused on who we are and on the ministry we are called to, to be open to the action of God’s grace in our life.
Perhaps a motto for us in the coming days and weeks could be, “Stay awake, and stay connected.”
“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.'” (Matthew 24:42)