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In today’s sobering Gospel, we hear: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.”

“That day” refers to the “Son of Man coming” at which our “redemption is at hand.” We are told to be “vigilant at all times”, to keep eyes wide open. That applies now, too.

It is easy in times of distress – whether it be from natural disasters, political mayhem, violence, sickness, daily anxieties – to take our eyes off Jesus, just when we need him most. He is truly the light of the world, the only light that can ultimately overcome the darkness. Focusing on the Light of the World, seeking him, who is the source of our healing.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). Meaning, when we “abound in love for one another and for all” (second reading).