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November 29, 2020: First Sunday of Advent

Gospel: 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 someone traveling abroad who leaves home and places the servants in charge, each with his/her 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!’”


As I read this passage from Mark, I was reminded that my life and the lives of those around me are a treasured gift that should not be taken for granted. Is my life lived in preparation for the return of the Master? Do we take the time we have for granted? We make all sorts of plans for the future. But what about today?

Our life in Christ should be one of constant preparation, planning for that day of celebration.


Perhaps this is a good time to stop and thank God for this day and every day. Take time every day to sit in silence, and listen. Listen to what God is calling you to do to build up His kin(g)dom here on earth. Just spending this time with God will keep you “watchful.”

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Cathy Keller

Cathy Keller

Cathy Keller has been a Providence Associate since 2009. She is a wife, mother and grandmother. Cathy is a retired registered nurse and a graduate of the external degree program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

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