Jesus said, "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. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
"But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake." Mark 13:28-37
I have to admit that I am one of those people who can sleep on a plane and many other places. I like sleeping, the comfy, cozy, drowsy world that doesn't demand much at all. When I was carrying my youngest, her older sisters wouldn't allow me on the couch because they knew I would fall asleep immediately. Some people struggle to fall asleep at night. I struggle to wake and definitely shouldn't be talked to without coffee in me.
Jesus continues to prepare his disciples for a life without him. They want magic and he advises them to be grown ups. He tells them that love takes courage, persistence and paying attention. There are no magic little creatures that are going to sweep in a fix the messes we have made. And yet, God is always with us, giving us the strength and courage we need to face the tasks ahead. And God is also inviting us to take rest when we need it and care for ourselves so we can be strong for others.
Today I ask God to help me see what is around me. May we all respond to the call and direction of the Creator. May we be ready and awake when called upon today.