Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 26, A.D. 2002

Revelation 14:14-19
Psalm 96:10-13
Luke 21:5-11

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"See that you not be deceived. . ."

Many will come saying they are the Messiah. And many will not be telling the truth. It's very hard to tell whether Jesus is being ironic here, because all of the "signs" that He gives of His Second Coming are signs that the people of Judea were used to seeing and experiencing on a nearly yearly basis. Armed uprisings, earthquakes, signs in the skies (comets, etc.)

Our best path is one that Jesus gave elsewhere in the Gospels. "Do not seek to know the time or the date, for it will come upon you as a thief in the night." In the parable of the wise virgins, the entire point is that you do not know when the bridegroom is coming, so be prepared.

We should be ready to receive Jesus when He comes in Glory. But we should also be aware that Jesus comes to us every day. Even so, we should be ready to receive Him. If we go to daily Mass, we should do so in such a state as to receive Him worthily. If He comes to us in the person of someone who needs something from us, we should be ready to receive Him.

There is too much focus on the end times. Time will end when it ends. In the meantime, it is up to us to be prepared to receive Jesus whenever, wherever and however He chooses to come to us.

- JuandelaCruz TOCarm (sriddle415@yahoo.com)


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