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November 23, 2021

Daily Reflection for Tuesday, November 23. 2021

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!

We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/112321.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Daniel 2:31-45
Responsorial: Daniel 3:57-62
Gospel : Luke 21:5-11

Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
Then they asked him, Teacher, when will this happen?     Luke 21:7

People kept asking Jesus when something would happen.  Especially when something would change in their life or way of life. The temple was an incredibly important part of their faith. And to hear that it would be destroyed would upset them quite a bit. But why were they so concerned with when the temple would be destroyed? Did they want to see it happen and have a front row seat, maybe obtain a souvenir as when the Berlin Wall came down? Whatever the reason, Jesus did not give them a date and time.

Instead, he speaks in generalities and at the same time warns them that others will come and claim to be him and know when the end will happen. We have seen that in our own times. Names like David Koresh and Jim Jones come to mind. And the memories of the death of many of their followers.

What I hear Jesus say once again in this passage is that we must be always prepared for His Kingdom and ignore rumors of His coming. It will happen when God wills it to happen.  As in the parable of the Ten Virgins and the Bridegroom, those who are prepared will be invited to the feast.

Peace,
Al Ammons

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

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