First reading Daniel 7:15-27

His sovereignty will be an eternal sovereignty

I, Daniel, was deeply disturbed and the visions that passed through my head alarmed me. So I approached one of those who were standing by and asked him to tell me the truth about all this. And in reply he revealed to me what these things meant. “These four great beasts are four kings who will rise from the earth. Those who are granted sovereignty are the saints of the Most High, and the kingdom will be theirs for ever, for ever and ever.” Then I asked to know the truth about the fourth beast, different from all the rest, very terrifying, with iron teeth and bronze claws, eating, crushing and trampling underfoot what remained; and the truth about the ten horns on its head – and why the other horn sprouted and the three original horns fell, and why this horn had eyes and a mouth that was full of boasts, and why it made a greater show than the other horns. This was the horn I had watched making war on the saints and proving the stronger, until the coming of the one of great age who gave judgement in favour of the saints of the Most High, when the time came for the saints to take over the kingdom. This is what he said:
‘The fourth beast
is to be a fourth kingdom on earth,
different from all other kingdoms.
It will devour the whole earth,
trample it underfoot and crush it.
As for the ten horns: from this kingdom
will rise ten kings, and another after them;
this one will be different from the previous ones
and will bring down three kings;
he is going to speak words against the Most High,
and harass the saints of the Most High.
He will consider changing seasons and the Law,
and the saints will be put into his power
for a time, two times, and half a time.
But a court will be held and his power will be stripped from him,
consumed, and utterly destroyed.
And sovereignty and kingship,
and the splendours of all the kingdoms under heaven
will be given to the people of the saints of the Most High.
His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty
and every empire will serve and obey him.’

Responsorial Psalm Daniel 3:82-87

Sons of men! bless the Lord.
  Give glory and eternal praise to him!
Israel! bless the Lord.
  Give glory and eternal praise to him!
Priests! bless the Lord.
  Give glory and eternal praise to him!
Servants of the Lord! bless the Lord.
  Give glory and eternal praise to him!
Spirits and souls of the virtuous! bless the Lord.
  Give glory and eternal praise to him!
Devout and humble-hearted men! bless the Lord.
  Give glory and eternal praise to him!

Gospel Luke 21:34-36

That day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap

Jesus said to his disciples:
  ‘Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened with debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap. For it will come down on every living man on the face of the earth. Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.’

Stay awake and pray

As we stand at the threshold of Advent, Jesus reminds us to be vigilant and watchful to His presence within us and around us. Jesus accompanies us as we go through the ups and downs of life. Thus, we need to keep our eyes fixed solely on Jesus and allow Him to give us His peace. We know that the future is unimaginable and unpredictable. We often find ourselves in situations that we have no control over  and become weighed down by worries and anxieties. There are times when the pleasures of this world consume us to the point that we walk  away from the path of following Jesus. Jesus never gives up on us but patiently calls us to keep our attention on Him and follow Him in the  way that leads us to live life with meaningful joy.
“Stay awake, praying at all times…”. Stay awake and be aware of Jesus’ presence by spending time praying. In prayer, we seek Jesus and  ask Him for the daily strength to live each day with unwavering faith in Him.
Question for reflection:
“Stay awake, praying at all times…”. How can I put these words into practice today?
Acknowledgment: Reflections are based on “Prayer for Living: The Word of God for Daily Prayer Year B” by Sr. Sandra Seow FMVD.