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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Reflections 2020-11-13 Friday 32nd Week in Ordinary Time

2 John 4-8; Psalm 119; Luke 17:26-37
At first glance, the Gospel seems to speak of a rapture, where two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken and the other left. Some say this is when Jesus will come and take those who are saved with him and retain the sinners who will suffer until Jesus comes.
Yet, if we look at the context of this statement, Jesus speaks of Noah who was left alive and the others were taken away. Jesus also used Lot when he left Sodom. Those in Sodom and Gomorrah were taken and destroyed. From this context, those taken were the ones destroyed, while the ones who remained were saved. This is why Jesus said, those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it. Who are those on the housetop who has belongings in the house must not come down to take them away. It looks like Jesus is saying the one on the housetop must remain there and not worry about his belongings. Likewise, the one in the field must not turn back. Instead, that person must remain in the field.
Possessions are nothing. Our desire should be the Lord because when he comes, it will be game over. No more chance of repentance. Instead, it will be judgment. We will go where we should go, either to heaven or to hell.
The First Reading is John’s second letter and he speaks of deceivers going out into the world: those who do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. What does it mean to say Jesus did not come in the flesh. It means, there is no need for repentance, it means there is no hope, no resurrection, no atonement for our sins. This means, our life ends when we die. But Jesus came into the flesh. He died, he rose again and is at the right hand of the Father and he will come again. John continues: any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.
The road to salvation does not depend on what I believe. It depends on what Jesus said. When Jesus tells us there is judgment, then there will be judgment, whether we believe it or not. When Jesus says there is hell, then there is hell, whether we believe it or not. When Jesus says, there are people in hell, then there are people in hell, whether we believe it or not.
What we believe is nothing compared to what Jesus says. No matter how much wishful thinking I have the reality will not change, because the Word of God will not change. There will be judgment and Jesus tells us to be prepared suddenly when we least expect.
While this refers to the second coming, we also need to prepare for when we meet Jesus: our death. We do not know when this will happen, but when this happens, we will meet Jesus and we will know whether we will be saved or whether we will be condemned.
Lord, help me to prepare for your coming. Let me believe all you said. And if I have false ideas of YOUR Truth, forgive me Lord. I repent. Help me to prepare for the day when I will meet you and see you face to face.

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