As we begin our new Church year this first Sunday in Advent, Matthew tells us that Jesus reminds us about our main purpose in life to be awake, aware and prepare the way. Hearing about floods and thieves in the night is certainly ominous, but we realize how fragile life is and what a gift we have in this one life. Those people who flee their homes due to floods, fires, storms & wars know that all can be lost in a moment. Jesus challenges us to focus on those things that are truly important, not to stay awake every night, but to be in the present so that we might recognize him when least expected. Paul challenges us to put on the armor of light as we prepare for the day of salvation. Isaiah reminds us to put away our swords and our spears. As good stewards, we ask God to show us how to recognize the face of God in all we encounter. In our prayer, we ask God to help us to notice in our busyness what is truly important.