November 26, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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.”

Reflection (Sem. Herwyn Bulaun):

            Almost every day there is a development going around the different corners of Manila. High rise buildings are being constructed in different locations. This is also happening in the different provinces. For instance, in our province Pampanga particularly in Angles City, before I entered the seminary, there is only one medium rise building there but after just a year away, now there are I think eight buildings in the area.

            Progress and development is just around the corner. People work and work just to catch up with the progress.  Sometimes people forget tend to what is really essential. Like some parents having lesser time with their children. Children have been hooked to computer games and prefers virtual over face to face interactions with other children.

            In the midst of this progress, there are also the disadvantages such as environmental abuses and the mentality of man that what he possesses in this world are for him alone. That he never thinks of the future as well as his relationship with God who gave the world to him to cultivate and enrich. Some tragedies happen such as typhoons and earthquakes make us realize that this earth is not our ultimate destination. That, all these, are just temporary. We are just passing in this world and ultimately we will meet God.

            I believe the challenge of tomorrow’s Gospel is for us to be grateful to God for giving us the earth where we live. At the same time in all that we do we should remember that our ultimate destination is the kingdom of God. Thus, regardless of the possessions we earn in this world we only cling to God who is eternal.

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