Friday, November 25, 2016

Reflection: Luke 21:29-33

Friday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time - Luke 21:29-33

In today’s first reading (Revelation 20: 1-4, 21-2), John writes about the “end times” and what had been revealed to him. Today Jesus tells his disciples to be attentive to signs that will appear. These signs will tell them when the Kingdom of God is near. His followers need to be awake to what is going on around them. Jesus is not trying to frighten his disciples; He simply wants them to be prepared to be fully united with Him.

Today Jesus also reminds us to be attentive and watchful: “For we do not know when “The End” will come.  Nor do we know when our personal end will come. Today is a good day to ask ourselves: Am I ready? Am I waiting? Am I fearful or peaceful as I await Jesus’ coming?

Today (and every day) may we prepare ourselves for Jesus’ coming. May we live our lives well and be loving and generous, not only with our families and friends but also with the people we meet who are in need: be that emotional, spiritual, or financial. We do not know the day nor the hour!  However, we can be prepared! This we can control!

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