Saturday, November 26, 2016

Reflection: Luke 21:34-36

Saturday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time - Luke 21:34-36

In today's reading from Luke’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars.  And on earth, nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.” 

Jesus tells his disciples: “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with great power and glory.  Be attentive.  These signs will tell you that your redemption is at hand!”  He also cautions his disciples: “Do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness or the anxieties of daily life.  If you do so, that day may catch you by surprise!”  Jesus’ words are spoken in an urgent tone of voice.  He hopes we will be alert and awake to His coming, not only at the end of time, but today and every day.

Given the busyness of our daily lives, it is easy to “become drowsy” to Jesus’ coming.  Often there is much to be done and not enough time to do it.  Yet, do we want to miss the ways Jesus may come to us?   If we are attentive to Jesus’ presence with us each and every day, this attentiveness will ensure that we will be ready to meet Him when we come to the end of our lives.  

Today be mindful of Jesus’ presence with you: in the laughter of a child, in the beauty of snow, sitting with a loved one or simply in a quiet moment.  Jesus is always with us!  However, often we are not present to Him.

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