Posted by: livingscripture | November 26, 2019

Last Tuesday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Last Tuesday of Ordinary Time

November 26, 2019

WORD of the DAY 

While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, he said, “All that you see here—the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”   Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?”  He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.”  Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”  (Luke 21: 5-11)

 

How shall I live this Word?

When the future opens up unexpectedly and suddenly, when we can no longer control everything as we used to do, when the weights of the present and the unknowns of the future become such as to question our way of thinking and acting, then those eschatological events of which the Gospel speaks to us become the extraordinary, apocalyptic reality of our life. We feel we no longer have our feet on the ground, ‘wars’ and ‘revolutions’ are at work not outside, but inside us. We can then take refuge in the apparent consolations that give us an ideal and timeless past, as reassuring as it is nonexistent, we can cling to the hope that the first ‘powerful’ one on duty gives us, we can look for so many roads … Or believe completely that life continues and it is transfigured precisely when we are capable of losing ourselves and seeing rebirth, when that part of us that does not want to change, that wants to remain a child, that does not know how to trust a God who accustoms us to walk on our legs dies!

Today, I want to open myself to the possibility that God is taking care of me even in the most difficult and unforeseeable situations.  Among the possible choices, I will choose what is most arduous, that opens me to risk, that makes me more responsible, and shows me the great plans that the Lord carries out with my collaboration.

The voice of  Pope Francis

The unsatisfied uneasiness, together with the amazement for novelties that appear on the horizon, open the way to the audacity that pushes the young people to take their own life in their hands and become responsible for a mission. This healthy restlessness, which awakens above all in youth, is the characteristic of every heart that remains young, available, open.

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