Commenting on the reading in Mark 13:32-37, our author writes at the end of the third paragraph after the Scripture reading:
This period of watchful waiting is a time to finish the tasks given, but especially a time for paying attention to their Master’s possible return.
There is a balance to be maintained. Some people use the “Coming Again” of our Lord and Savior as an excuse to stop every horizontal activity and focus only on the vertical. Paul dealt with this situation in his second letter to the Thessalonians.
2 Thessalonians was written “to correct a misunderstanding concerning the Lord’s return and to exhort the Thessalonian believers to be steadfast and to work for a living.” There were some who quit their jobs and were counting on others to feed and care for them until the Lord returned. Paul said, in 2 Thessalonians 3:10b, If a man will not work, he shall not eat.
The last paragraph, before the exercises of today’s reading, captures the correct balance; vertical, then horizontal.
Are you praying for the Lord’s return? It is one of the best ways we know to keep watch. The prayer of the early Church was, “Come soon, Lord Jesus!” Daily prayer for the coming of Jesus will keep you on your watch and encourage you to finish the tasks He has given you to do.
Steve @ DCC