Keep Your Heart Awake 

In this first week of Advent, Sunday’s Gospel describes Jesus telling his disciples to pay attention to the signs all around them in order to be ready for the return of Christ. If we look at this reading, not with a lens of desperation but one of inspiration, we can see the life-giving message being declared. “Your redemption is at hand,” Jesus says, speaking to those living lives centered on Love — his disciples. Jesus goes on to encourage them to keep their hearts awake by not succumbing to “the anxieties of daily life,” which pull one way from what matters most. There is an invitation here to practice being in the present moment. 

How can I awaken or keep my heart awake this Advent? 

May you be inspired!

Note: This reflection was first featured in Tau Center’s “Still Point - Advent Special Issue 2021."  

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