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'Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.' Sunday Reflections, 1st Sunday of Advent, Year B

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YoungJew as Christ, Rembrandt, c.1656 Staatliche Museen, Berlin [Web Gallery of Art] Readings (New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Readings (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) Gospel Mark 13:33-37(New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus said to his disciples: Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn,or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.” Liam Whelan  (1 April 1935 - 5 February 1958) If this is the end, then I'm ready for it.  These were the last words of Liam Whelan who died in a plane crash at Munich…