Tuesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

November 26, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Daniel 2:31-45

Psalm (Daniel 3)

Luke 21:5-11

The Prophet Daniel had a way with words, a way with wisdom, and a way with very powerful people.  When asked to interpret the meaning of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream concerning the destruction of a statue by an enormous stone, Daniel did not immediately, verbally “stone” the king.  He, instead, began by saying, “You, O king, are the king of kings.”  With that beginning, and what we know of worldly leaders, most probably got the kings attention.  At first reading this passage may give the impression that Daniel was a political “game player” but as we read further we find him to be a realist, and possibly, a futurist.  Each element of the statue, whether made of gold, bronze, or literally, feet of clay, would crumble to dust and blow away.  The kingdom that God has made for us “shall never be destroyed…and it will stand forever.”  God has revealed the future.

Today’s Gospel reading also has a warning about the destruction of a revered object, the temple of Jerusalem.  Jesus warns that “no stone will be left upon another that will not be thrown down.”  We know that this became a reality when the Romans destroyed the temple in AD70, and literally threw its stones down.  The things that man build are fragile; only God endures.

Jesus reassures those gathered around Him that there will be signs that “the time (for the end) has come.”  We, unfortunately, have seen the rise and fall of nations, earthquakes, famines, and plagues.  We may see signs that “come from the sky,” but our Lord tells us that even these events will not immediately be the end.  God in His infinite mercy constantly reminds us of our own frailties as we witness the current chaotic events occurring around the world in which we live.  He does this to give us the incentive and time to react and to prepare for our imperishable, eternal home with Him.  We should, as the responsorial psalm reminds us, “give glory and eternal praise to Him.” 

Question of the Day:  Are you able to place value on the true things that last?

Prayer: Lord God, forgive all my sinfulness.  Help me to seek You with my whole being that I may happily accomplish the purpose of my earthly life.



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