The readings are in a somber mood today-- the last day of the church year. They ask us to look forward to each of our individual worlds coming to an end. The Gospel asks us to not be caught unawares, warning us against letting our hearts “become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness.”
Now, even though we don’t get lost in carousing and drunkenness, we still should not get lost in mindlessness.”
Jesus tells us, “Pray always,” and we can do that by constantly reminding ourselves that we are in God’s presence. “In him we live, and move, and have our being.”
We each should be like young Samuel. He would fall asleep next to the ark of the covenant in its shrine at Shiloh. One night he awoke on hearing a voice calling, “Samuel!” Twice on hearing it, he rose and reported to the old priest Eli; but when it happened a third time, old Eli told him that it must be the Lord calling him.
Samuel went back to sleep, but when for a third time he heard his name being called, he answered, “Speak, Lord. For your servant is listening.”
You must be ever ready for when the Lord calls you. You must answer, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”