Is 63:16b-17; 64:2-7 ; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Mk 13:33-37
ADVENT WATCH: CALL TO PRESERVATION
Mt 13:33 Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.
Ps 80:17 Preserve and protect the people you have chosen, the nation you made so strong.
THE LAST LECTURE
“The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have. ”- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
♥Randolph Frederick “Randy” Pausch was an American professor of computer science and human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis, “3 to 6 months of good health left”.
√ He gave an upbeat lecture titled “The Last Lecture, Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” on September 18, 2007 at Carnegie Mellon. Pausch died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.
√ Keep awake. That’s what Randy Pausch spoke about in his famous last lecture. From Preserving and Achieving your childhood dreams, to preserving and living your own identity, to living your life to the end faithful to your relationships, doing good to others and living the truth, the Last Lecture of Randy Pausch is what Jesus says as well.
♥The Last Lecture of Jesus Christ, given to the disciples only hours from his execution, is found in today’s reading, Mark 13. Still, it’s not a stretch to think of these words of Jesus as his last thoughts, his last ‘lecture’ in which he challenges the disciples to keep awake for his second coming.
√ The danger is that the disciples will miss what really matters, distracted by the many assorted demands and details of day-to-day life. So Jesus says to them, ‘Keep awake.’
The challenge for us is to ‘keep awake’ – awake for the coming of the Lord during this Advent season.
THE ADVENT CALL TO PRESERVATION
To preserve: To maintain in safety from injury, peril, or harm; protect. This advent call to preservation is a call to:
1. SELF-PRESERVATION; being PROACTIVE
√ Be true to your human nature. Your basic nature is to ACT/ PERFORM and not be ACTED upon.
E.g.: You are a caregiver to your relative who has grown impatient and hot-tempered. Oftentimes badmouthing you. Since you have the power to choose, you could choose not to be miserable, not to be controlled by the bad attitude of your ward. YOU can CHOOSE NOT to allow anyone to mess your life! YOU CAN CHOOSE NOT to empower other people’s weaknesses to control you! That is self-preservation! In a word, YOU should be PRO-ACTIVE in order to be PRODUCTIVE!
►To be PROACTIVE
Means more than taking initiative
►Means that as a human being you take responsibility for your own life.
►Means that your behavior is a product of your own decisions based on values rather than being a product of your own conditions based on feelings.
It is not what happens to us but our response to what happens that shapes our existence.
2. PRESERVING GOOD RELATIONS
Eph 4:1-3 I.. urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,.. Striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.
Sir 6:14-16 A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth. A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds.
The best things in life are not things!
√ Measure of a Good Relationship: Is this relationship making me a better Christian Catholic Person? Is this relationship bringing me closer to God?
√ Learn to say a definitive NO even to your best friend.
√ Check for traces of Messianic complex in your relationships.
Learn to Cut bad relationships kindly.
3. PRESERVING THE GOODS OF THE EARTH
Mt 9:17 People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.
√ We are stewards of this earth. Preserve, protect and defend life and nature. Care for the things you own. Give extra care for the things somebody else owns.
4. PRESERVING THE GOODS OF YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
Prov 30:25 Ants–a species not strong, yet they store up their food in the summer.
√ Save. Live within your means. Conserve.
5. PRESERVING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Jn 8:51 Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.”
Jn12:7 [To Judas who questions Mary’s extravagance pouring perfume on Jesus’ feet.] So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial.
1 Thes 5:23 May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
►Personal Prayer and Meditation
►Personal Bible Reading
►Attend Spiritual Conferences, lectures, seminars, recollections
►ALL SINS begin with LIES. Identify your lies and confront them.How many folks estimate difficulties in the light of their own resources and then attempt little and often fail in the little they attempt. All God’s giants have been weak men and women who did great things for God because they counted on His faithfulness. – J. Hudson Taylor ♥