November 28, 2014

The Gospel Today

Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 21:29-33

Jesus told his disciples a parable.
“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
in the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near.
Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.”
Reflection (Sem. Philip Faustino Volante):

            “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

            During the year 2000, many news and prophecies came out about this year being the end of the world. I remember that some people had already made their bucket lists of things to do before the end of the world. Then by the year 2012, the Mayan calendar ended somewhere in December and was also considered as the end of the world. It created a big buzz all around the world that a movie was made out of that prophecy (which I have watched, and I must say the graphics were very commendable) and a party music, both with the title 2012. I admit that I got scared during those years, I was already thinking of what I still needed to do before the end of the world. I had thought of the things that I have not yet done in my life and the things that I still want to accomplish. I panicked because I was still young back then, and I still wanted to pursue my dreams in life. The end of the world never happened, I am still here pursuing my dreams.

            In our Gospel for today, Jesus spoke in a parable telling us that the time when we will see the kingdom of God is coming. If we look at the first reading for today in the book of Revelation, we see the vision of John (the writer of the book of revelation) on how we will be judged in the afterlife. Those who are written in the scrolls of God will enter the kingdom of God, and those who are not, will be thrown to the pool of fire with death and hades. Sounds scary right? But the question is, why are we scared? Is there something to be scared about? What should we do to be saved?

            We are scared because we know that we may be part of those who are not listed in the scroll of life, because we know for certain that we have sinned. All of us have sinned in front of God and in front of our neighbors. There were times when we never thought that what we were doing was already a sin by covering it up with good works. Sometimes we also used other people to commit sin.

            We are being told of these things so that we repent and go back to God. We may have committed sins which we think are unforgivable, but the mercy and love of God is bigger and longer than any sins that we have committed. What God wants us to do is to go to Him and ask for His forgiveness through the sacrament of penance. But we must promise that we will never do it again, and persevere always to be in the side of God always.

            No one knows when and where the time of Judgment will come, but, as long as we are with God, we will be saved. No need to fear for judgment day because God will keep His Word that He will save us. We just need to trust and believe in Him. If you are with God and for God, do good things for God and do what God tells you to do, you are already saved and included in the scroll of life.

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