Keeping Awake

For most of us, life is a set of routines that get broken periodically by happenstance and circumstance. Monday begins the work week … Wednesday marks “hump day” … and by the time Friday rolls around, it’s “TGIF!” But that’s not how God intended things to be.

THE WORD …

Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.

(Mt 24:42, NRSVCE)

THE QUESTION …

“Keep awake!” Does that mean, “Don’t go to sleep.” Or does it mean something else, like, “Remain alert.” Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security; the latter is probably true. Faithful believers must be alert at all times for opportunities to love God and to serve others.

THE SITUATION …

We were created in the image and likeness of a wonderful, working God (Gn 1:27). And though we might toil (Gn 3:17), our work is actually a blessing from God. God has a plan and a purpose for our lives (Jer 29:11-12). Where we work is not an accident, and who works with us is not a coincidence (Is 55:8-9).

Having to “toil” in our work, and yet, being blessed by a loving God are not contradictions. Adam and Eve had it all, but they lost some of the blessing when they chose to sin against God. There is always a consequence for sin, but fear not! Even in our sin, God never ceases to love us.

To confirm this, just look at what God did for Adam and Eve when He made them leave the Garden. He actually did that for their own protection (Gn 3:22-23). And He clothed them so they would be protected against the elements outside the Garden (Gn 3:21).

THE CALL …

God still loves us — all of us! That includes those in your workplace who have strayed away from their faith and from the Church. You should do no less. You must love them enough to recognize them and to pray for them.

Do this each day as the spiritual part of your career and work!

THE PRAYER …

Today we pray for people around us who have strayed from their faith and from the Church.

We ask God, through our prayers and in union with the intercessory prayers of all the saints in heaven (Rev 8:3-4), to send forth His Holy Spirit to kindle a new fire in the souls of those who enter our workplace or into whose workplace we might enter. Dear Father, give them a new love for your Son Jesus Christ and His Church (Ps 104:30).

We also ask God to use each of us however He sees fit and to prepare us for whatever tasks He might have in store for us as we enter our workplace each day or the workplace of another person.

We pray these things in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ, the Master, the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn 14:6).

Amen.

 

 

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