Posted by: livingscripture | November 28, 2009

Last Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


Be vigilant at all times and pray…

                                             Luke 21, 36                                                  

 How should we live this Word

 Jesus invites us to be vigilant and to pray in the awareness of what He had said previously.  He told us that everything in this life is rapidly passing.  The fullness of life is coming, the realization of every long desired dream we have pursued to our best ability, with God’s help and grace.  The two verbs stated in the imperative, vigil and pray, become even more incisive.  They express something unequivocal that Jesus told us about the most dangerous impediment for a happy ending to our life.  It deals with heaviness of heart that well expresses the first reason for taking mistaken roads leading to darkness and death.

 This does not usually happen suddenly but comes about with a gradual letting go, abandoning our spiritual journey for the empty attractions of worldliness.  Vigilance and prayer are the best therapy for fighting against this evil.  Be alert!  Watch over your behavior with persevering discernment.  Our effort is not based on our strength alone but on God’s grace that comes through our persistent prayer.  Our end will not come easily.  The passage from this life to the next for us and for everyone necessitates the strength of which Jesus speaks.  It is something from on high that comes to those who are vigilant and persevere in prayer.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will take to heart Jesus’ admonition and ask His help to persevere in prayer and in vigilance.

 Lord, grant that I may not live a Christianity that is drowsy and full of compromises.  Grant me the strength of Your Spirit to do as You advise me.

 The voice of St. Leo the Great, Doctor of the Church

 ‘Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life’ (Luke 21: 34).  Dearest ones, here is a precept that regards us in a very special way because we do not doubt that the day announced in these terms, hidden as it may be, is very near.  It is good that each one of us prepares for its coming so that no one is found a slave to gluttony (Cf. Romans 16: 18) or drowned in the cares of life.


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