DEAR my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Luke 21: 20-28.
But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it; for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. Alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days!
For great distress shall be upon the earth and wrath upon this people; they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led captive among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
One of the theme the Gospel proclaimed to us today is about Jesus’ promise that He would never leave us alone, even in our time of tribulation. He invites us to know the saving presence of Jesus Christ with us in all circumstances. He also offers us safety in the face of earth’s threats.
The greatest grace which no one can take from us and which we can be most thankful for is our redemption through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. It’s shed on the cross for our sins.
Through Jesus Christ, God our heavenly Father has adopted us as His children. He has redeemed us from slavery to sin, from fear of death, and from final destruction. We can be eternally thankful because our hope is anchored in heaven and in the promise that Jesus Christ will return to fully establish His reign of peace and righteousness.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we prepare our future to accept the Lord Jesus Christ who will return and will fully establish His kingdom of justice and righteousness. His judgment is a sign of hope for us who have placed our trust in Him. So let’s hope in Him and in His promise.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, fill us with gratitude for the gift of Your redemption. Increase our hope and longing for Your return again in glory. May that day bring joy to our hearts rather than sorrow. Help us to serve You faithfully. May we make the best use of our time now in the light of Your coming again. You are the Lord, now and forever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem
Photo credit: A mosaic of Jesus in Hagia Sophia in Turkey (Ist)
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