“You don’t know when the master of the house is coming. Watch!.” How do we stay alert? We must do what the First Reading for today tells us: make sure our relationship to God is what it should be. If we don’t have a relationship with God, then we need to start one. If the relationship is not what it ought to be, then we need to rebuild one. The Season of Advent that we begin today is a time to inventory our relationship with God. If we don’t have that relationship, how can we be on guard and alert? Jesus would have probably agreed with that old bumper sticker that read: “Be alert! We need lots of alerts!” We certainly do.