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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 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 cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”
On this 1st Sunday of Advent we are called to be watchful, be alert because the Lord is coming. We do not know when but we know He is coming. If we are not watching we will be caught by surprise, we will have no time to prepare, so we must be alert for the day that He comes. Are you ready? Are you awake?
Prayer: Stir up your might, we beg you, O Lord, and come, so that we may escape through your protection and be saved by your help from the dangers that threaten us because of our sins. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved
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Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Have you become drowsy in your faith? Have you allowed the world to lull you into a sense of false security? Do you believe that you can just keep on going on as you are and not suffer the consequences? Jesus is reminding us that we cannot. We must always be alert to those who try to water down our faith or allow ourselves to become sleepy in the face of danger. Stay awake and listen!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always be vigilant and awake to what is going on around me. I want to always to stand with you and before you, may I never grow sleepy, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
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Jesus told his disciples a parable. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
Jesus is telling us that even if the world ends, His words will not pass away. It is important during this time in history to remember this, we have governments and others trying to change those words, to make up their own definitions of what the Lord meant, putting their words in His mouth. Who do you stand for? Will you support the Word of God or the word of the people? Your choice matters.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always remember that your word always was and always will be, that your word will never change, not matter what the world says. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Here God lives among his people.
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As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten persons with leprosy met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”
How often do you give thanks back to Our Lord for all He has done for you? His gifts are many and great, if we would only pay attention to what happens in our life. The Lord is generous, how often do you notice? Do not be one of the nine, be the one who realizes his blessing and returns to give thanks.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, for all you have done in my life, I give you thanks. Sometimes it is hard to give thanks, but help me to always remember that you are the center of my life. Your forgiveness has saved my life. May I never be one of the nine. In Jesus’ holy name I ask all this, Amen.
I will praise your name for ever, Lord
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Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
Are you identified as a follower of Christ by how you live? If so, you will be persecuted in some way for what you believe. If you are questioned by seekers of truth, trust in what Jesus say’s and do not be afraid to speak of Him. Seek His guidance and He will fill you with the truth and the wisdom you need.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for always giving me the words I need to speak of you. You fill me with a wisdom that is beyond my knowledge. May I always remember to seek you first in all I do. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!
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While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here–the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”
Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”
There are many in the world saying that the end times are here. Jesus tells us not to follow them, because they do not know the hour or day. Follow only the Lord, He will see you through whatever happens, if you will only trust in Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I keep on the path that you have for me, following you and loving you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The Lord comes to judge the earth.
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When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”
The Lord wants us to give within our ability. If we have much, we should give much. Not because He needs our money, but because there are many in this world who have nothing. We must support the Churches and organizations that help those who need it. Do you give from your abundance? The Lord has blessed us all with much, what do we give back? Is it enough?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always be aware that what I give for others is what you ask me to do, and do more than I think I can. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.