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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Reflection 2020-11-26 Thursday 34th Week in Ordinary Time

Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23, 19:1-3,9; Psalm 100; Luke 21:20-28
Several months ago, I had a discussion with someone who should be in the know but obviously does not. In our discussion I said fornication, adultery and sodomy are mortal sins. To which this person replied that what I said was offensive. This is the kind of confusion many leaders of the Church are causing. They want the Church to enter into a dialog which from their perspective is for us to compromise and take their perspective. But this is clearly not what the First Reading says. There will be judgment when Jesus comes to our lives, either in his second coming or at our death. And those who promote sin, like Babylon, will fall and be held accountable for their errors. For people who persist in their error, they will soon find out, it is not their opinion that matters, but God’s Word that matters. God will judge us when he comes and there will be no escaping it.
In the mean time, the world will become a mess. Jesus said in the Gospel, there will be days of vengeance. There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. The heavens will be shaken.
In this pandemic, our lives may be a mess. Our world is shaken. Even our heavens, our dreams, our hopes, our plans are crushed. These are not times of judgment, but this is a time of invitation to come to Jesus because Jesus says he is coming soon. Now is the time to prepare for the coming of the Lord. Jesus will come, not only in power and glory, but he will come in power and GREAT glory! We will know it is Jesus who comes. And wen he does, he tells us, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. Do not be afraid when our world is collapsing, because redemption is near.
Many politicians have been talking of the great reset hoping this will save the world. But this is a deception and false hope because only Jesus is the Savior. These attempts of politicians and the rich will fail because these are plans of men. Do not believe false messiahs. They are like the Babylon of the First Reading who deceive people. Our salvation is in the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Lord, help us to prepare for your coming to our lives. Let us believe in your Word and may we not be deceived by opinions of men. We are yours and you are our Savior. You are our Shepherd who pastures us. My world is in chaos. My dreams and hopes are destroyed, yet Lord, I trust in you, because it is in these ruins, that you will come in great glory to save me. Come Lord Jesus, in your power and great glory. Save me Lord.

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