Posted by: livingscripture | November 29, 2018

34th Thursday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Thursday November 29, 2018

Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

 WORD of the DAY 

 When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know that its desolation is at hand. Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. Let those within the city escape from it and let those in the countryside not enter the city,  for these days are the time of punishment when all the scriptures are fulfilled.  Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days, for a terrible calamity will come upon the earth and a wrathful judgment upon this people.   They will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken as captives to all the Gentiles; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.  The Coming of the Son of Man.   “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.   People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”     (Luke 21: 20-28)

 

How shall I live this Word?

In order for the new Kingdom of the Lord to be inaugurated, it is necessary that the old Kingdom, that of sin and our resistance, be converted to the love of God. Having built our security on ephemeral bases makes us tremble before these words of Jesus, at the thought that our stability is nothing more than an artificial and muffled construction destined to vanish at any moment. The Lord does not deny Himself, He does not want to delude us. This section of the Gospel of Luke is called “Great Apocalypse”, and the images we find there project us into a scene of death and desolation. What we have erroneously set for our existential balance will sooner or later reveal its inconsistency, it will collapse as it was for Jerusalem in 70 AD.  Precisely in this lies our liberation: our false securities are chains that prevent us from taking flight, atavistic fears that force us to fatal inertia. Christianity has emanated a spiritual force capable of overwhelming the structures of the ancient world. If in human history everything falters and collapses, Jesus offers us today the possibility of directing our hearts towards the light and the truth that nothing can destroy.

I will gladly cultivate a great purpose for change in my heart.  I will also take courageous and daring choices into consideration.  I will grow in docile abandonment to the Lord, and on His word, I will put into practice what the Spirit inspires me in prayer.

 The Voice of St. Hilary, Church Father

 The senses of  the human body would be useless if the requirements for their exercise were lessened … In the same way, if the human soul does not draw on the gift of the Holy Spirit through faith, it has the capacity to understand God, but lacks the light to know Him.

 

 


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