“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Reflect and Pray:
In this passage, Jesus seems to be indicating that life is going on all around us and the world goes about its business as usual. The Christian life is not a continual exciting spiritual battle where the banners are flying, adrenaline is flowing, and we have great victories.
Instead, I hear Jesus reminding us that there will be difficult times, mundane times, stagnant times and in these times, we are to continue to pray. Perhaps faithfulness is not in the great battle but the steady tread and daily routine of hope, prayer, scripture and sacraments – day by day and week by week. To be alert and pray means to stay in steady communion with God. The world may not understand this but, we know the importance of developing and growing in our faith.
Today, take a few moments to reflect on your daily spiritual routines and how they are important to your growth in Christ.