St. Peter tells us to stay awake! And his letters could be personal messages to us they are so relevant to our own time. So prick up your ears and listen to this passage from the First Letter of St. Peter:
"Do not be surprised, beloved, that a trial by fire is occurring in your midst.
"It is a test for you, but it should not catch you off guard. Rejoice instead, in the measure that you share Christ's suffering.
"When his glory is revealed, you will rejoice exultantly. Happy are you when you are insulted for the sake of Christ, for then God's Spirit in its glory has come to rest on you....
"The season of judgment has begun, and begun with God's own household.
""If it begins this way way with us, what must be the end for those who refuse obedience to the gospel of God? And if the just man is saved only with difficulty, what is to become of the godless and sinner?
"Accordingly, let those who suffer as God's will requires continue in good deeds and entrust their lives to a faithful Creator."
"Stay sober and alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, solid in your faith, realizing that the brotherhood of believers is undergoing the same sufferings through the world.
"The God of all grace, who called you to his everlasting glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish those who have suffered a little while. Dominion be his throughout the ages! Amen."