November 22 2022 Gospel Reading and Reflection

11/22/2022 (Tuesday) Today’s gospel reading: Luke 21:5-11

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.”

11/22/2022 (Tuesday) Today’s gospel reflection: Luke 21:5-11

“Do not be terrified.” This is the strong message of Jesus today. Whenever we hear news of war and threats of nuclear war in addition to the occurrence of destructive natural calamities, we are oftentimes crushed by fear or worries. Many of us think right away of the coming end of the world as we know it. Yet these terrifying events happened many times before. Nothing is actually new except perhaps for new faces of prophets of gloom and doom.

Nothing is clearer than the message of hope that Jesus brings. Do not be terrified. After all, in John 10:10, he came not to destroy but to give life in abundance and in John 14:2, he promised a mansion in heaven for His beloved followers. Therefore, in spite of the gloomy state of the world today, let us never give in to fear but instead, let us always be hopeful because Jesus is in control and definitely, He has the last word.

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