In this gospel reading from Mark, we see Jesus telling his disciples to be watchful and alert. Jesus tells a story of a man traveling abroad, who leaves his home and places his servants in charge. Jesus wants us all to be ready for the time when the lord of the house comes to us. It could be at any time of day and so we must always be prepared for the Lords grace. Being watchful and alert is the first part. We must also be patient with God because he has great patience for us.