1 Dec 2018: Be Watchful and Pray Unceasingly

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Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1Rv 22:1-7; Gospel Lk 21:34-36

This is the final reading of this liturgical year. Our final reading from Luke continues the messages of warning that he has been giving during the week. The warning is not to become immersed in a life of self-centered indulgence and not to be overcome by many worries and anxieties. It is these two things which can dominate the lives of so many people.  It is a combination of escapism from what is difficult and a running to activities where happiness is confused with pleasure. So we are warned to be permanently on the watch. To pray constantly for strength to avoid what is bad for us and that we may be able to stand secure when we come face to face with the Son of Man. In some ways, the demands are very simple, although we find them difficult at times  showing our fidelity to God by a loving concern for the well-being of every other person, but especially those most in need. Jesus tells us that as often as we did it to the least of these my brothers and sisters, we did it to him.

Whatever the circumstances of our life we look forward in confidence to the ultimate victory of God, of Jesus and of the Kingdom. As has been said here more than once, the best preparation for that unpredictable moment of leaving this world is to live as fully as we can in the presence of our always-present God. Let us seek him, find him and respond to him in every single person and in every single experience of our daily lives. O Lord, grant that all my thoughts, intentions, actions and responses may directed solely to your love and service this day and every day. Amen.

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