Posted by: livingscripture | November 22, 2011

Thirty Fourth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“The days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

                                              Luke 21: 6                                                                                                 

How should we live this Word 

As we live the last days of the liturgical year, Jesus is speaking of the destruction of the Temple.  But His words are also the revelation of the end times.  Jesus wants to remind us that the world has its beginning and end in God and therefore we must be attentive because we do not know when the catastrophes that mark the end will occur. 

However, in every time there are false prophets, wars, revolutions, earthquakes, famine, and pestilence.  The disciple of Jesus is called to vigilance to avoid being fooled, to live as His witness in the today of each one’s story.  God is bringing forward His plan of love for humanity even amid the apparent contradictions that distinguish life today.  The mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection manifests itself in the life of His disciples until the fullness of time. 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the presence of the cross in my personal life.  These crosses are the contradictions, the illnesses, the injustices that we all meet in the course of our existence.  Am I aware that all this unites me to Jesus, not only in His suffering, but also in His resurrection?


Lord Jesus, may Your life illumine mine!  Open my heart to understand and receive every expression of my life with love, confident of walking hand in hand with You. 

The voice of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini 

Without this eschatological background, without the fullness of a life that balances it, we cannot give meaning to the historical unfolding of this world with all its absurdities and its ugliness.  Neither can we understand Jesus’ life and death, why Jesus dies abandoned, if there is not something that opens our vision onto eternity.

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