Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Octomber 24, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 124:1b-3, 4-6, 7-8
A reflection on today's Scripture:
You must be prepared . . . . (see Luke 12:40)
In an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man is coming. Surely an ominous, apocalyptic warning, isn't it? Or perhaps not so much, if you think about it in the right terms.
You are caring for your children who have returned home from school and with them they have brought a new friend, a child who has little adult companionship, little guidance. A little child of God--see how the Son of Man comes suddenly!
You are busy at work shuffling papers from one side of your desk to another, or assembling the product your company sells, or tending a cash register, and a client, customer, or coworker says to you, "Do you have a minute? I have a problem." See how the Son of Man comes.
The daughter of a friend, a coworker, or a friend comes and tells you that she is about to have a child she did not want. See, how the Son of Man comes suddenly.
Jesus is present in every person. Our willingness to see with the eyes God has given us, will help us see Jesus in each person. We need to be prepared, for when Jesus comes He may need food, clothing, water, shelter, a ride to the doctor, a ride to church, a shoulder to cry on--any number of things. What He will need most of all is a heart ready to receive Him, a heart ready to hear Him, a heart ready to do what it takes to help Him.
Don't look for shining clouds of glory or choirs of angels, look instead for a teary eye, a worried look, a shy smile. The Son of Man doesn't announce His coming with trumpets and angels--as of old, we need to listen for the still, small voice and we will know His presence.
- JuandelaCruz |
Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Anthony Mary Claret, bishop
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