This time before Advent is intended to remind us of the necessity of being prepared. It is a time for us to get our priorities back in perspective. And a good way to do this is through prayer and reading of the scriptures. Prayer is a major theme in Luke’s gospel. Today Luke introduces words of Jesus about praying constantly. Just as he warned his disciples to watch and pray in Gethsemane, so here we are all told to watch and pray for the coming of the Son of Man.