Choosing Deception or Truth
Malvern Minute

 

November 28, 2017 – Tuesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Alleluia, alleluia!

 

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

 

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (21:5-11)

 

While some people were speaking about
how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings,
Jesus 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.”

 

Reflect: See that you not be deceived. Jesus uses this Gospel passage to help us understand that the end times will come. The kingdoms of this world will cease. At the same time, he warns that some will come pretending to be him or to speak in his name. He exhorts us, “Do not follow them!” We can look at the world around us and see that many of the signs of the end times are around us. But we don’t know if it will come tomorrow, a hundred years or a thousand years from now. We are sure, however, that we need to pay attention to Jesus’ words. He is the only true God, and if we trust him we will be safe, we will know peace. That is why he reassures us, “do not be terrified” even when we see the world in chaos.  At the end of the day, our hope is not in any earthly leader or political system; our hope is not in the riches of this world or powerful weapons.  Our hope and our salvation is in Jesus Christ. We can’t wait around to put our lives, our families, our country and the world into the hands of God. The time is now. It would do us well to consecrate all that we are and all that we have to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. None of us wants to be deceived by false promises or by frauds. Life is fragile; we need to make it count the first and only time we have. May God give us the grace to be ready, alert and to make each day count. May he give us wisdom to recognize him as the real Way, the real Truth and the real Life.

 

Questions: In any given day, are the choices I make about how I spend my time and make use of my gifts leading me to grow as a child of God? Is living life in the hands of Jesus a priority for me? What is most important for me; what kind of legacy do I want to leave behind once I am gone from this earth?

 

Pray: Loving God, give me the wisdom to recognize the Truth and to seek you and your ways with every fiber of my being.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

                                                                                                             

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on us and on the whole world!

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