Posted by: livingscripture | November 27, 2008

November 27, 2008 34 Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


When these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.

  (Luke 21, 28)


               How should we live this Word


Jesus speaks to us of what will happen when our history ends and He Himself, the Son of man, will come again among us ‘with power and great glory’.  When will all this happen?  We cannot yet experience the conclusive act in our ‘today’, but it merits our consideration. 


Above all, that which is not happening here and now, can well happen in a day, in a moment.  Our existence is a beautiful adventure but ever so fleeting!  By the grace of God and our good fortune, all is going toward an end, the beginning of great freedom.  Suffering, sickness, death will end.  An eternity of beauty, freedom will begin in pure Goodness, the Goodness that is the God who, in the Risen Christ, will come to meet us, the principle and cause of our resurrection.


This can happen at any moment.  Yet, there is nothing to fear!  However, my life with all its lights and shadows, must be a constant raising of my head in a love-filled vigilance and in a gaze that continually seeks God.  Now I meet Him in the peace that is the fulfillment of His will.  Yes, today it is within a deep peace in a process of liberation.  Tomorrow it will be in the house of the Father with a happiness that endures forever.


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will move away from laziness, accommodations, idolizing what I like.  I will pray:


Yes, Lord, my liberation from all that keeps me glued to the earth is already happening.  You are my fullness, You who come and are near me.  I raise my eyes to You.


The Voice of the Didaché, a text of the first centuries of Christianity


Keep watch on your life.  Keep your lamps lit and your limbs gird.  Be ready.  You do not know the hour in which Our Lord will come (Mt. 24, 42-44).  Gather together often, seeking what is good for your souls.  A lifetime of faith will do you no good, if you are not perfect at the end.

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