26th NOVEMBER 2022

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SATURDAY, THIRTY FOURTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

 

Rv 22: 1-7;                 Ps 95: 1-7;                  Lk 21: 34-36


  

BE ON YOUR GUARD AND PRAY!

We are at the end of the long Apocalyptic discourse given by Jesus and also are getting to the end of the ecclesiastical year. Jesus gives a last piece of advice, inviting us to be on our guard, to be vigilant and to pray. Jesus had already given similar advice when they asked him about the coming of the Kingdom (Lk 17:20- 21). He answers that the coming of the Kingdom will arrive like lightning; unexpectedly, without previous warning. Persons must be attentive and prepared always. When the wait is very long, there is the risk of not being attentive and getting weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life.

Jesus here warns us of especially three things. First, one is dissipation, which means overindulgence in sensual pleasures; the squandering of money, energy, or resources. Then, he speaks of drunkenness, meaning to say drunk with wine or any other strong drink and this drinking has lot of bad effects of which we are aware. Third, he speaks of the worries of this life, meaning to say becoming involved more and more in the things of this world (wealth, possessions, comforts and luxuries). We must be on our guard so “that day does not catch us unexpectedly, like a trap”. Again a reminder to us that God doesn’t want that anyone among us is lost.

What must a believer do? He must watch and pray. This watching and praying causes God to count the believer ‘worthy’. God does not make the person worthy but he counts the man worthy. The man’s faith, his watching and his praying are counted as righteousness. Prayer gives us insights and makes us watchful, while it quietens our anxieties and provides the strength to continue living in God’s Word. It also helps the believer to stand justified before the Son of Man. He will have no fear or dread, no apprehension or hesitation in facing the Son of Man.


Response: Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!


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