WATCH: Be watchful this Advent; we live in the shadow of eternity

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Beautiful winter nature at dawn
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Some things in life we see coming. Sometimes we know when a couple is falling in love, even before they themselves are aware. We might know what a boss will do or how events are going to unfold at work. Or it may well be the case that we know how family members will react to good or bad news.

But other things in life we cannot see coming. Some things are beyond what we can anticipate or plan for. And those are the times when we must trust in God the most. Jesus tells his disciples that his second coming will be unexpected: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come” (Mk 13:33).

Advent reminds us that we live in the shadow of eternity, attentive, always watching for the unexpected, unanticipated designs of God.


Heavenly Father, as we journey through life, we are faced with many challenges and distractions that can pull us away from you. We ask for your help in staying watchful and alert so that we may remain faithful to you. Amen.


Today, set up an Advent wreath in your home. Light the first candle and take a moment to think of Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel.

This meditation first appeared in My Daily Visitor: Advent 2023. Discover the light of Christ this Advent with free daily reflections sent to your inbox. Sign up here. Purchase the companion devotional at the OSV Catholic bookstore.

Father Patrick Briscoe

Father Patrick Briscoe, O.P., is a Dominican friar and the editor of Our Sunday Visitor. Along with his Dominican brothers, he is host of the podcast Godsplaining and a co-author of "Saint Dominic’s Way of Life: A Path to Knowing and Loving God." He is also the author of the OSV seasonal devotional, "My Daily Visitor."