Lent.21: Be Alert

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Mark 13:32-37

“But nobody knows when that day or hour will come, not the angels in heaven and not the Son. Only the Father knows. Watch out! Stay alert! You don’t know when the time is coming. It is as if someone took a trip, left the household behind, and put the servants in charge, giving each one a job to do, and told the doorkeeper to stay alert. Therefore, stay alert! You don’t know when the head of the household will come, whether in the evening or at midnight, or when the rooster crows in the early morning or at daybreak. Don’t let him show up when you weren’t expecting and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: Stay alert!”

Mark 13:32-37, Common English Bible (c) 2011

“Be a lert,” read the poster in Aunt Clara’s bedroom, “the world needs more lerts.”  (groan)

Pay attention.  Notice your neighbor.

Be compassionate.  Be kind.  Make decisions for the welfare of all.

Whatever your task in the body of Christ, the household of God, the neighborhood you call home, do your job well.  Make it your best effort.  Do it with intention, with thoughtfulness, with prayer.

Lest you think this is a command to work 24/7/365, I caution you to remember that even Jesus rested.

-Teressa Clark, 2019

Lenten Reflections 2019:  Following Jesus from the Mount of Olives to the Tomb ~ Day 21


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