11/24/2022 (Thursday) Today’s gospel reading: Luke 21:20-28
Jesus said to his disciples:
20 “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know that its desolation is at hand.
21 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,
22 for these days are the time of punishment when all the Scriptures are fulfilled.
23 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.
24 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.
25 “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.
26 People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”
11/24/2022 (Thursday) Today’s gospel reflection: Luke 21:20-28
“Your redemption is at hand.”, says the Lord. That is the promise given only to those who are worthy – meaning those who accept the offer of redemption by believing in the Redeemer. Only faith can save us. However, let us be quick to clarify that faith without work is dead (James 2:26).
If we have faith in Jesus, then we are ready to meet Him at any time. If we have faith in Him, then we are ready to wait for His coming no matter how long it will take. If we have faith in Him, then we are filled with joy no matter what calamity will come. If we have faith in Him, we will not be afraid of punishment because we have already surrendered all our sins and weaknesses to Him. Thus, we are indeed ready for our redemption. Thanks to the immense grace of God that He has given us the gift of faith.