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Gospel for the 1st Sunday of Advent Year B

Mark 13:33-37

Summary: Jesus urged His disciples to remain vigilant, likening their situation to servants entrusted with duties while their master is away. He emphasized the uncertainty of the master's return time, warning against being found unprepared. His exhortation to watchfulness was extended to all, underlining its universal importance.

Call to Vigilance

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.

It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his own work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.

Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at dawn, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.

What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”

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