27 November 2018. Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Mark Ian V. Abu)
Everything will have an end! High and exciting moments have the tendency to make us forget that things in this world will pass away. Beautiful and successful moments should make us thankful but not exaggerated. Sad and ugly moments should make us sober and solemn but not depressed. The Gospel reading today reminds each one of us to be always ready of whatever thing may happen ahead of us. Yes it is clear that we cannot tell and know the future but we can prepare ourselves for it. In our Christian faith, when we say being prepared or being vigilant, we are taught to be on guard of the realities that are waiting for us in the future. Some of these things are death, heaven, purgatory and hell for example. These are the sure endings of our earthly life. All of us will die, whether we like it or not, and if we live our lives here as good persons we will be receiving the eternal reward of heaven but if we spend it just for our personal benefits we will be punished in purgatory or hell. But before these experiences there will be signs that will signify that the end is very near.
We are being invited by Jesus to be always vigilant not only for the things happening around us but at the same to ourselves. We need to be aware of our dynamics, our way of life, even our weaknesses and strengths, limitations and abilities. We should always stick and be faithful to our original status as men and women created in God’s image and likeness. Doing so will help us be aware of the things that we must think, say and do not only for our own good but for the good of others.
How well do we know and master ourselves? Being vigilant and always on guard of all the things happening inside and outside of us will determine how much importance we put in really knowing ourselves. Let us be awake and aware all the time so that when the enemy of our soul and body comes, we can be strong to resist him and faithfully choose to be identified only in Christ.
God is above all. Complete trust in Him is the lasting thing we, believers should have. Only God is beyond all times and seasons.
The Gospel Today
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?”
“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.”