November 28, 2015
Today’s readings: Daniel 7:15-27; Daniel 3:82-87; Luke 21:34-36
We have come to the end of the Church liturgical year, but we have not yet come to the end of the world. But the end of the world is coming, and we are already in the end times. So “beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.” (Lk 21:34-35a). Let us not be caught up in the licentiousness of the times, nor in anxieties that day-to-day life brings. Let us look to what is to come, to the glory that comes at the end for God’s faithful people.
Let us not invest ourselves in this world, or in the kingdoms of this world, or in our own little kingdoms. For all these will pass away. There is only one Kingdom that will endure, and that is God’s. If we are truly God’s people, if we are God’s holy ones, then that is to be our Kingdom, as “the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingship, to possess it forever and ever.” (Dn 7:18).
When will that happen? It is at the end of time when “the Ancient of Days” (Dn 7:22a) will come. “Then the kingship and dominion and majesty of all the kingdoms under the heavens shall be given to the people of the holy ones of the Most High” (Dn 7:27a). Who are those holy ones? They are the chosen and anointed of God. They are “Israel …., priests of the Lord …., servants of the Lord …., spirits and souls of the just …., holy and humble of heart ….” (Dn 3:83-87). They are those who “bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.” (Dn 3:83-87).
Now the end and the tribulation that will ensue “will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth.” (Lk 21:35b). We need to be ready. “Be vigilant at all times” (Lk 21:36a). We must be prayerful and joyfully expectant. So “pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Lk 21:36b).
There is one more thing we need to do. We need to evangelize with zeal and passion, with a great sense of urgency. We must want many more to join the holy ones of God. We must desire to be able to say, “All you mortals, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.” (Dn 3:82).
Onward to the New Evangelization!
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God bless you all.
“For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.” (Phil 1:21)
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