28 November, 2017 : End of Times

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Tuesday of 34th Week in Ordinary Time

Reading:Dn 2:31-45; Gospel:Lk. 21: 5-11

 

As in Mark (Mk. 13: 1-2) and Matthew (Mt. 24: 1-2), admirations of the Temple building elicit from Jesus a prediction of the destruction of the Temple; and that leads into a discourse on eschatological vigilance. However, Luke presents this unlike Mark and Matthew as a continuation of the daily teaching there (Lk. 19:47; 20:1; 21:38). There is also a keen interest in what happens to Jerusalem. However, historically the prophecy came true as the Temple was razed by the Romans in 70 AD.

The Gospel presents two challenges for every follower of Christ.

1. The salvation of the individuals does not depend on the external gestures rather on the internal conversation with the person of Christ. In a way, the people of Jesus’ time failed to recognize the true presence of God in Jesus, while being more concerned about the extra material signs. It calls us to reflect over the importance we give in the construction of the Church buildings and failing to build the body of Christ, recognizing his presence in the poor and the underprivileged.

2. The Gospel also exhorts the believers to ‘be ready’ to face the Lord at any time. If the Lord calls me today, am I ready to meet him worthily? Jesus does not tell us when it will take place; he does not speak of any sign that will indicate that the end is near; he has already told that any speculation about it will come to naught. So every believer should fix their thoughts on Jesus and experience the peace he offers; they need to entrust their concerns to him alone.

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