Advent is the season for waiting and watching, preparing for the coming of Jesus, not just the safe, cute, baby Jesus, but the risen Lord, coming at the end of time, ours or everyone’s end of time, judging the earth. In the Gospel text this week, in Mark 13:24-31, Jesus says, “Keep Awake.” In order to keep awake – many of us first wake up. Wake up and take notice.
Our culture seems to be attracted to zombies in movies, books and TV series. In the movie, “Shawn of the Dead,” humor came in part because so many of the people were shambling through their lives, deadened to the world around them. They shuffled through, waking, eating, commuting, and working, in a stupor not noticing the world and people around them. It became difficult to realize something horrible and earth shattering was occurring when the real walking dead began to invade the town. So many were already half zombies.
This week, my hope is that we can wake up and realize that something important is happening. And it is happening in my life and in yours because we are alive. Take every chance you have to breathe the air, smell the smells, hear the sounds, and greet the people around you. Notice everything.
Wake up and stay awake!
Something important is about to happen – and you do not know when.
Every day lives are changed in an instant by accidents, heart attacks, acts of nature. Each day is precious. Each person is precious. In the AMC zombie series, ‘The Walking Dead,’ the sheriff, Rick Grimes wakes up and the whole world has changed. In a less dramatic way, that is true of us as well.
Wake up! Keep Awake!
Something important is going to happen.
We do not know when the master will come for us. Will we be ready? How better to be ready to die than to have lived well? Wake up and live. Embrace the life that God has given you.
This is the week that we lit the candle of Hope. As you wait and watch with heightened awareness, what is it that you hope for? What could God be hoping for you?