The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Carmelo V. Pocdol)
Our Lord Jesus in today’s Gospel is reminding us to be vigilant of the signs of times or the end of times. With Jesus’ assuring words of “be not terrified” and our vigilance, we are confident that if ever we will experience difficulties or trials in life, God is and will be with us!
There was a time when news of total darkness will envelope the world spread. It was sensationalized by many people. I was still in elementary that time. I admit that young as I was then, I was afraid and worried of my family if ever it would happen. Over dinner, we shared our feelings regarding the said news. What struck me was the thought of my sister. She said that we should not be afraid because we believe in Jesus Christ and that He already forgave our sins.
I always go back to this experience whenever I am confronted by temporal problems in my life. And true enough, the consoling and assuring words of Jesus Christ, “be not terrified,” enable me to continually face and surpass my problems.
In the context of my seminary life, the daily invitation of Jesus Christ to me is to trust Him despite the many hurts from my past and with the hurts that will still come. I am invited by Jesus to surrender to Him, and see the work of His grace in my formation.