Jesus said to his disciples: “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. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”
BE VIGILANT AT ALL TIMES. This first day of December marks the end of the liturgical calendar of the Church. As it often happens in life, every ending leads to a new beginning. Tomorrow the Church opens the new season of Advent.
We have wonderful readings to mark the end of the liturgical year. Our First Reading is taken from Revelation, the last book in the Bible. The passage seems to bring us back to Genesis, the first book, where we read stories about rivers, trees, and fruit-bearing plants. In Revelation, we are led to look backwards and given a glimpse of what transpired in the past. The only difference is that this time around nothing and no one is considered cursed by God. In Revelation, victory is on hand!
John assures us of God’s victory in our life, but Luke in the Gospel continues to remind us that we need to aspire and work for this victory. He counsels us to avoid vices and drunkenness and not to allow the cares of life to demoralize us.
Luke points to the impending destruction of Jerusalem and to man’s end when Jesus Christ will come as judge. “Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man” (v 36).
What significant experience did you recently have?
As you turn a new leaf, how do you see God’s victory being offered to you?
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