Be watchful! Be alert!

Our culture promotes multitasking as a virtue, yet we see time and again, it does not produce the best outcome (Stanford Report, 2009).  In fact, living habitually in this fashion trains us to miss what is important.  In areas where we multitask, over the long-term, we fail to meet the goals that are meaningful.  For example, if we are distracted from important relationships, the depth of our love does not come to fruition (P. Mango, 2001).  Most assuredly, our children miss opportunities to know how much they mean to us (S. Sells, 2008).  Similarly, when we divide our attention, it is impossible to sincerely watch for our Lord and understand from scripture, fellowship and prayer all there is to learn (EWTN: Global Catholic Network).

As parents, the call to be equipped to teach our children (Catechism) has long lasting implications. Yet, the significance of our role as guides for our children can only come from a heart that is still (S. Chapman, 2007), attentive and self-reflective to identify the path to better parenting and fellowship with Christ.

Our Lord's message is simple:  "Jesus said to his disciples: 'Be watchful!  Be alert!  You do not know when the time will come'" (Mark 13:33).  In his message, I hear: Seek after the Lord.  Pay attention. Love deeply.  Know and teach your children, for there will come a time when I will call you to myself.  The gift you leave for family and friends, is a witness to the hope that is within (1 Peter 3:15).