The Gospel Today
Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples:
“When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies,
know that its desolation is at hand.
Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains.
Let those within the city escape from it,
and let those in the countryside not enter the city,
for these days are the time of punishment
when all the Scriptures are fulfilled.
Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days,
for a terrible calamity will come upon the earth
and a wrathful judgment upon this people.
They will fall by the edge of the sword
and be taken as captives to all the Gentiles;
and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles
until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.”
Reflection (Sem. Ivan Joseph Feniquito):
Today’s Gospel speaks about the detailed prophecy of the destruction of the Holy City – Jerusalem. Jesus advised them to flee as soon as possible because it is the time when God will punish the Holy City because of its sins based from the prediction in the Old Testament. The sufferings of the Holy City symbolized the contradictions that the Church will experience due to sins of men.
For me, I experienced God in many ways. He is just, compassionate, understanding, merciful, forgiving, a great provider, protector from sins, healer, teacher, and most of all a loving God. Upon reflecting in the Gospel, I believe that the forgiveness and eternal mercy of God is at hand. Yes, there were times that we committed sins, we had our failures, lapses and shortcomings, but still the door of God for forgiveness is always open for us who seek for repentance.
The coming of the Lord is near; he will come to judge the living and the dead. God’s justice and mercy to us will be provided. The coming of the Lord is near, as the scriptures say “stand erect and raise your heads because redemption is at hand.” The faithful will be saved and those evildoers will experience terror and punishment. Those who responded to the love and compassion of the Lord will gain eternal life. There will be a beautiful future ahead for all who believe in the Lord and faithfully follow His will. There will be times that we will commit sins, but let us not forget to seek for the loving mercy of God and ask for his forgiveness and grace towards conversion that will lead us to eternal life.