Monday, November 26, 2018
TUESDAY, 34TH Week in Ordinary Time
November 27, 2018 – TUESDAY, 34TH Week in Ordinary Time
The Miraculous Medal
Rv 14: 14 - 19 / Lk 21: 5 – 11
The Miraculous Medal, previously named Mary's Immaculate Conception, was made following instructions of Our Lady in her apparitions in 1830 to St. Catherine Laboure (1806 - 1879), a nun of the Daughters of Charity at their motherhouse in Paris.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Rv 14: 14- 16
Then I had this vision: I saw a white cloud and the one sitting on it like a son of man, wearing a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. An angel came out of the sanctuary, calling loudly to the one sitting on the cloud, "Put in your sickle and reap, for harvest time has come and the harvest of the earth is ripe." He who was sitting on the cloud swung his sickle at the earth and reaped the harvest..
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Lk 21: 5-9
While some people were talking about the Temple, remarking that it was adorned with fine stonework and rich gifts, Jesus said to them, "The days will come when there shall not be left one stone upon another of all that you now admire, all will be torn down.." And they asked him, "Master, when will this be and what will be the sign that this about to take place?"
Jesus then said, "Take care not to be deceived, for many will come claiming my title and saying, 'I am he, the Messiah; the time is at hand.' Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and troubled times, don't be frightened; for all this must happen first, even though the end is not so soon."
In the first reading we see the crowned Son of Man wielding his sickle for the final harvest of the earth; various angels help in reaping the harvest.
In the Gospel reading Jesus speaks, though in very vague and ambiguous ways, about the end of the world. Indeed many early Christians believed the end of the world was near.
The destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple may have seemed to be the end of the world: Jesus spoke of it and some thought he was speaking of the end of the world.
When and how will the world end? We really do not know.
Some say the end of our world may come from a giant asteroid colliding with earth; some say a close collision with such an asteroid would cause devastating tidal waves and earthquakes.
Indeed the end of our earth may be the end of humankind: it may not be the end of God's creation.
Rather than worrying about the end of the world, Jesus tells us, "Be on your guard; let not your hearts be weighed down with a life of pleasure, drunkenness and worldly cares, lest that day catch you suddenly as a trap. For it will come upon all the inhabitants of the whole earth. But watch at all times and pray, that you may be able to escape all that is bound to happen and to stand before the Son of Man." (Lk 21: 34- 36)
Have a good day!
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