Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Nov. 14, 2021

Reflection for Nov. 14, 2021

Stay awake and be ready        

Now is the time to  let God's word bud in your heart and into action

by Sister Laura Zelten

As we approach the end of the liturgical year the readings for this Sunday remind us of the need to be awake and ready. Only God knows the time of the final coming. The call to watchfulness is an invitation to be prepared.  Just as someone leaves home and places a watchman on guard  so, too, are we to be awake and ready for the master’s return.

In the Gospel, when asked about the signs of things to come, Jesus uses an image familiar to the disciples and us. He tells the parable of the fig tree, whose buds and leaves are signs of summer coming.

As believers we proclaim Jesus is present in our daily lives – through Eucharist, Scripture, and the kind words and loving actions of others. We can find God’s presence in the kindness and thoughtfulness of others or, like the disciples looking at a fig tree, in the beauty of the turning seasons.

This may not help us to know about the end of time or the questions people had then or now but it can help us to become aware of how God is present in our lives. We are to watch and respond with faith and hope. We can find comfort in the words that heaven and earth may pass away but God’s truth, love and justice will live forever.


Lawrence J Jandrin
11/12/2021 10:42 am

Very true.

Dave and Lola Daniels
11/12/2021 3:13 pm

Love the appropriate introduction to this reflection: feeling sleepy when the reflection reminds us to STAY AWAKE!

Well Done! God bless you all. Now to yawn and then drink some strong coffee with prayer!

11/14/2021 7:34 pm

Thank you, Sr. Laura, for your loving kindness. We are grateful for God's presence in our lives.

Fr. Bill Jacobs
11/15/2021 6:46 am

Good Morning!

Thanks so much for thoughts & Reflection!

This weekend reminded me so much of when I would teach the "little ones on Christmas Eve to sing a little verse of

"Get Ready!" "The Lord Is Coming Soon!" "Alleluia!" "The Lord is coming soon." It hit the hearts of "kids" of all ages....

God's Blessings to you & all the Sisters,

In Christ's Never-ending Love & tender Mercy,

Father Bill

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