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setting your watch
"So be on the watch." —Luke 21:36
On this last day of the Church's year, the Lord commands us to:
- WATCH AND "PRAY constantly for the strength to escape whatever is in prospect, and to stand secure before the Son of Man" (Lk 21:36).
- WATCH AND ABSTAIN lest our "spirits become bloated with indulgence and drunkenness and worldly cares" (Lk 21:34).
- WATCH AND OBEY the Lord (Dn 7:27), Who alone "delivers us from the wrath to come" (1 Thes 1:10).
- WATCH AND THANK "God the Father always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Eph 5:20).
- WATCH AND REJOICE, for the Lord commands us to rejoice in Him always (Phil 4:4).
- WATCH AND FORGIVE seventy times seven times (Mt 18:22).
- WATCH AND WITNESS, for we are His witnesses, beginning where we are and then to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).
- WATCH AND LOVE, for without love even the greatest works are of no value (1 Cor 13:1-3).
The Lord repeatedly commands us to watch, for:
- He is always with us (Mt 28:20).
- We are tempted daily and frequently.
- The devil is "like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Pt 5:8).
- Death is at the door.
- The world could end at any time.
- Jesus is coming soon.
"So be on the watch" (Lk 21:36).
Prayer: Father, send the Holy Spirit to help me watch.
Promise: "The holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingship, to possess it forever and ever." —Dn 7:18
Praise: Pedro has worked for years at a Catholic Center for the homeless, ministering "glad tidings to the poor" (Lk 4:18).
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, May 30, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 4, 2001