Thursday, November 28, 2019
FRIDAY, 34th Week in Ordinary Time
Bl. Bernardo Francisco de Hoyos y de la Seña Priest
Dn 7: 2 – 14 / Lk 21: 29 – 33
Bl. Bernardo Francisco de Hoyos (1711 – 1735), a young Jesuit priest, was a main apostle of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Spain. He was beatified in Valladolid on 18 April 2010.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Dn 7: 13 – 14
I continued watching the nocturnal vision: One like a son of man came on the clouds of heaven. He faced the One of Great Age and was brought into his presence. Dominion, honor and kingship were given him, and all the peoples and nations of every language served him. His dominion is eternal and shall never pass away; his kingdom will never be destroyed.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 21: 29 - 33
And Jesus added this comparison, "Look at the fig tree and all the trees.
As soon as their buds sprout, you know that summer is already near..
"In the same way, as soon as you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I tell you, this generation will not pass away, until all this has happened: heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away."
Most people get scared when the topic of conversation is about the end of the world. They start to imagine terrible calamities and horrifying scenes of destruction. Yet for the Christian, the end of the world is the beginning of the definitive reign of God.
The prophet Daniel speaks about the coming of the Son of Man: "One like a son of man came on the clouds of heaven. He faced the One of Great Age and was brought into his presence. Dominion, honor and kingship were given him, and all the peoples and nations of every language served him. His dominion is eternal and shall never pass away: his kingdom will never be destroyed." (Dn 7: 13 – 14)
In the Gospel reading Jesus speaks of the coming of the kingdom of God, here now and yet to come. Jesus assures us that "heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away."
God is faithful to his words and promises: that God loves us (1 Jn 4: 19), that the Word came to give us life (Jn 10: 10), that God will always protect us (Nh 1: 7), that the Spirit of truth will be with us (Jn 15: 26 – 27) and that he awaits us in the heavenly kingdom (Jn 14: 1 – 3)
So what should we do when that Day comes? We must "stand erect, and lift up [our] heads, for [our] deliverance is drawing near." (Lk 21: 28) We must not let the cares of daily life consume our attention to the extent that we will be unprepared for the end of time.
God our Father is in control: blessed be his Holy Name.
FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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