Click on this URL for today's readings: Matthew 24: 42-51
It is often hard to stay awake. It is emotionally taxing to be in a constant state of alert. Soldiers on guard during time of war have to be constantly alert, to fall asleep while on guard duty can result in the guard being executed for his failure to stay awake.
In so many places in the gospel, and in today’s reading, Jesus urges us by command and parable to keep our minds constantly focused on him---but the cares of life and the distractions to which we give ourselves over cause us to lose our spiritual alertness. This is not like in the Xmas song Here comes Santa Claus where we better watch out because Santa is coming tonight---that only demands that we keep alert for one night.
Our eyes must be kept fixed upon the Lord, ever watching for him to break into our lives and give us the rewards of honest servants: Happy that servant if his master’s arrival finds him at his employment. Amen I say to you, he will place him over everything he owns.