11/13/2022 (Sunday) Today’s gospel reading: Luke 21:5-19
5 While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said,
6 “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.”
7 Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?”
8 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!
9 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.”
10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
11 There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.
12 “Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name.
13 It will lead to your giving testimony.
14 Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
15 for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
16 You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends and they will put some of you to death.
17 You will be hated by all because of my name,
18 but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
19 By your perseverance, you will secure your lives.”
11/13/2022 (Sunday) Today’s gospel reflection: Luke 21:5-19
The people marvel at the spectacular temple which was “adorned with costly stones and votive offerings”. Jesus was quick to point out that it is temporary and it will be soon be thrown down. Indeed, we must never be attracted too much by earthy things. While we go to church to worship God, we must never be too fixated on the physical structure. Rather, we must adorned our heart, the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), so that the glory of God will shine within us.
Nowadays, many people do proclaim the gospel using very alarming and unsettling words about the coming of Jesus. Let us have the eyes of faith to discern the true gospel. It is therefore necessary that we go back again and again to the holy scripture and ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten us so that we will never be deceived by false prophets.
The world has seen and is still seeing a lot of troubles caused by natural as well as man-made calamities. Let the word of Jesus assures us of God’s providence so that we will not be terrified but instead be filled with love and hope. His words are powerful enough and no earthly power can resist it, not even presidents or dictators of powerful countries.
The world has seen too and still seeing many missionaries, prophets, and priests being persecuted and some of them executed for proclaiming the gospel of Jesus. This untoward, uncalled, and undesirable phenomenon is nothing new. Jesus foretold it and experienced it Himself. It also happened before Him, in the Old Testament, when prophets were rejected and killed. It is the price of standing for and speaking the truth because many people do not like the truth.
Perseverance in our faith will see us through the dark valley of persecution and hatred. Let it be our armor as we journey towards the kingdom of God. Let it be our divine weapon to withstand all sorts of calamities along the way of our Christian life.