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In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 21, Jesus exhorts the disciples to “Be vigilant at all times.” He talks about not letting “carousing and drunkeness and the anxieties of daily life” get in the way of being prepared for the return of the Lord. Sound advice, no?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I suffer from ADD. I have a hard time concentrating on or sticking with something for a long period of time. Unfortunately, this carries over into my spiritual life. It seems like I remain close to God, do well in my prayer life, etc. for a period of time. But invariably, I lose focus. It is in those times that I am most likely to sin.

This is where Jesus’ exhortation to “be vigilant” really gets me. It seems sometimes that I can only be vigilant for so long. So, how do I remain vigilant? How can I stick with the program always? I suppose it can only come with practice. Let’s pray that God will give us the strength and fortitude to stay focused on Him.

Father, you know how scatterbrained we can be; how hard it is to remain vigilant. Help us to keep our eyes focused on You, today and always. Amen.

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