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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Reflection 2020-11-18 Wednesday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time – Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul

Revelation 4:1-11; Psalm 150; Luke 19:11-28

St Peter's Basilica
St Peter's Basilica, Rome
The First Reading gives us a glimpse of heaven, where there is unending worship before the throne of God Day and night without ceasing they sing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” In the end of time, God will be worshiped forever. Worship is due to God alone: You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created. This shows what life will be in heaven: unending praise and worship of God. So while we are still here on earth, we need to live that life. The Gospel today presents the parable of the nobleman who was leaving to get royal power for himself then return. The citizens of his country rebelled against him and sent a delegation to prevent him from getting his royal power. On his return, he ordered those who rebelled against him to be brought to him to be slaughtered in his presence.

This parable shows us how we can join the choirs in heaven praising God. Obviously, those who rebelled against the nobleman were killed. They did not enjoy the rule of the nobleman. We are called to live holy lives for the Lord. What is sad is many are preaching a different gospel, one where we pay our way to heaven, by giving to the poor or by doing good works. But the truth is God expects us to do something and if we do not do what he expects, then we are not living our lives according to his will. This is rebellion against God because it is living our lives according to our will. When this happens, we will not live in union with God.

St Paul's Outside the Walls
Basilica of St Paul's Outside the Walls
We celebrate the dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul in Rome. The St Peter Basilica was built on where Peter was buried and the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Wall was built on where St Paul was buried. Both were Apostles of the Lord, who lived their lives according to what the Lord wanted. They preached the Word without compromise and eventually gave up their lives for the Lord. Their lives were focused on doing the will of the Lord.

To be with God for eternity, we need to be holy. Many think holiness requires going out of our way to do heroic things. Many saints have shown us, holiness is living a life centered on the Lord, doing his will. This is the only way to live eternity with God. This is the only to be a saint.

Lord, teach me to live my life according to your will. Lead me to holiness. Make me a saint. St Peter, teach me to stand firm on the Rock: Jesus Christ. St Paul, teach me to have that zeal for the Lord.

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