Be careful, Watch, Pray … the constant messages of Advent

Watching, praying, listening … Garden of the Gods (Sept. 2009)

In view of the coming of the Lord, there are 3 constant messages the Church always has considered during the weeks of Advent…

1.  Be careful how you live.  Don’t be caught off guard.

2.  Watch for his coming.  It will come like a thief in the night.

3.  Pray that no matter what happens in your life you may be able to stand.

Those messages are easy to find in today’s New Testament Advent reading that I have included here? …

 Luke 21:29-38 (New International Version, ©2010)

 29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
   32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
   34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
 37 Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, 38 and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple.

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