I received an e-mail from the self-professed worrier of the family. My aunt knew that we were planning on traveling through her city soon and wanted to alert us to be prepared for heavy construction traffic. Her advice was to leave early and allow lots of extra time. I glanced at her e-mail without much thought, hit reply, and typed, "Don't worry…" Of course, I still planned on sleeping in a bit in the morning before starting our trip.
Later, I scanned today's gospel and was immediately struck by Jesus' warning to his disciples. How many times have I read the line, "If the master had known the night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake" and simply dismissed it?
Today, Jesus, the worried aunt, wants to ensure that we aren't neglecting our spiritual preparation as we attend to the many details of life. Stay awake! Be prepared!