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Saturday, December 1, 2001

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Daniel 7:15-27
Daniel 3:82-87
Luke 21:34-36

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"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