For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, today's reading reminds me of all the wonderful things I missed out on because I did not keep a vigilant watch. It is also reminds me of all the things that unnecessasrily occurred because again, I did not keep a vigilant watch. Sometimes I can get so wrapped up in drama, minutia and trivial pursuits that it takes me off my game of watching for You. I must always keep watch for You as if You could walk up to me anytime or anywhere.
It is so easy to forget that the job of the 'negative force' is to take me off my game and to divert my attention away from You. That's it's job! Negative energy (the evil one) has literally 'nothing better to do' than to make me lifeless, spiritually dull and indifferent to what is going on in the world. The minute I buy into the negative game, then I own it, and that is who I become. Once I become of that type of energy, then my heart and mind are no longer on You. When my heart and mind are no longer on You, that may be the time that You arrive in front of me or it may even be the time that I arrive in front of You and I would not be ready. eeeeeeek!
Father, thank You for this wonderful awareness today. Jesus made a perfect example of being alert and watchful saying, "If the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into." Wow, no kidding! So must I be mindful and alert of the negative force attempting to tempt me or take me off my spiritual game. I must always be mindful and alert of You always and ever present with me, guiding and directing me all along the way. It is never You or loses sight of me, it is I who lose sight of You. Thank You Father. Thank You!
Through Jesus Christ's Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face. ~Amen
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark
24 "But in those days, after that tribulation, the Sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,
25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
26 And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
27 And then He will send out the angels, and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
28 From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.
29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that He is near, at the very gates.
30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away before all these things take place.
31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
32 But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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