When she said, “The way they make it sound, it scares you half to death,” mom spoke about the Homeland Security alerts, which are not in the foreground as they were. Remember them? Those alerts, you recall, had their colors: green for Low; blue for Guarded; yellow for Elevated; orange for High; and red for Severe. My mother wasn’t alone. AOL had an online vote after an alert back then: “Do these warnings do more harm than good? Yes, they create too much panic; No, we need to know.”
Sources suggest al-Qaida may favor spectacular attacks [with] High symbolic value, mass casualties, severe damage to the U.S. economy and maximum psychological trauma.
From the first covenant and its numerous renewals urged by prophets and sages from Noah to Jesus, vigilance remained one of its most important textures.
let us be watchful, putting on the breastplate of faith and the love and the helmet that is hope for salvation.2
- Become aware of the Trinity faithfully keeping you alive at each moment.
- Ask St. Paul to present you to Jesus.
- Speak with Jesus in your words about how you are alert to Jesus and to living his gospel.
- Ask Jesus for the grace to walk in his ways more readily and desire to do so.
- Close, saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. It guides us to practice our faith, love and hope ever more concretely each day.
- From the government PDF about the purpose of Homeland Security.
- Verse 8 of 1Thessalonians 5 is not included in the lectionary selection. By his image (repeated in various ways in correspondence to his other churches) Paul offered Christians concrete ways of living vigilant lives.