Friday, Thirty Second Week in Ordinary Time
2Jn 4-9; Ps 119:1-2,10-11,17-18; Lk 17:26-37
PREPARING FOR THE END
Today’s Gospel is a reflection on the coming of the end of time. God’s time is not measured according to the time of our clock. “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Pet 3:8). We have to be prepared for the moment in which the hour of God becomes present in our time. It could be today, or it could be in a thousand years. What is important is to be prepared. The words “one will be taken and the other left” recall the words of Paul to the Thessalonians (1Thess 4:13-17), when he says that with the coming of the Son of Man, we will be taken to heaven at the side of Jesus. Today, we are offered two ways to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Kingdom.
Make God’s word the foundation: What should give us peace, is not knowing the hour of the end of the world, but the certainty of the presence of the words of Jesus till the end. The world will pass, but his word will never pass. Unfortunately, our life can contain so many things – “eating and drinking, getting married, buying and selling, planting and building” – that push God’s word down on the list of our priorities and interests, until, often, it is relegated to an obligation during the Sunday Mass.
It is in giving that we receive: “Anyone who tries to preserve his life will lose it, and anyone who loses it will keep it safe.” In giving however, one receives and is fulfilled. In saying that no one is capable of preserving his life by his own efforts, Jesus recalls the psalm that says: “No man can possibly redeem his brother or pay his ransom to God. For the redemption of his soul is costly, and never can payment suffice.” (Ps 49:8). But the person who is capable of giving oneself completely to others will also receive in full from the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm: Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord!
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