Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

November 22, 2016 – Tuesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Cecilia

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: As we walk through the final week of the Liturgical Year and prior to the First Sunday of Advent, we hear a lot from Holy Scripture about the end times. In the first reading from the Book of Revelation, the Word of God talks about God’s angels harvesting grapes; harvesting souls at the end of the world. Some will be thrown “into the great wine press of God’s fury.” In the Gospel, Jesus makes it clear that even the beautiful stones and magnificent offerings of the earthly temple will have an end “when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”  We hear about this because Jesus wants us to be ready for the end of the world and the end of our lives; so he admonishes us not to be fearful of the wars and destructions of the end times, nor deceived by frauds who claim to be God. Jesus wants us to get our act together so that we can enjoy the joy and grace of everlasting life with him in his Heavenly Kingdom. This world can only provide a tiny glimpse of what awaits us in eternal life with our Creator and Savior.

If my life were to end today, would I be ready to enjoy everlasting life with Jesus Christ?  What is my biggest obstacle to faithfully following Jesus? Can I ask God today to help me overcome that obstacle?

 

Pray: Loving God, please provide me with the grace to repent of my sins and to seek you and your ways with all of my heart. I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Cecilia: Pray for us!

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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