Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 25, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 96:10, 11-12, 13
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Do Not Follow Them! (Luke 21:8)
We live in a (false-) messianic age. There are messiahs by the dozen: people who will save us from global warming and people who will save us from oppressive thoughts; people who will save us from our debts, and people who will save us from our possessions; people who will save us from our government and people who will save us from those people. Everywhere you look there is a new messiah -- from the kitchen to the garden we can name a dozen famous figures who will save our minds, our morality, our dinners, our houses, our portfolios -- you name it, there's someone to save it, someone to turn to.
Our politicians promise us salvation from greenhouse gases, social unrest, war, poverty, and hunger. And never once have any of these Messiahs brought us one step closer to peace of mind or heart. And as long as there are people, there will be false messiahs -- some taking on the mantle themselves, others having it given to them by star-struck crowds. But Jesus has already told us -- dozens will claim to be Him, may even perform magnificent feats to prove their claims. But we are not to listen.
There is one faith, one Lord, one baptism. There is one God and Father of all. There is one Messiah, one great King and Brother whose sacrifice brought us all into the courts of His Father. There is NO ONE else, there cannot be because the Son of God is singular -- there is but one of Him. He is Lord and Master, King and Messiah, Brother, Friend, and Helper in all of our needs. With Him we have need of no other messiah. Christ Our King is King indeed, Lord of all. Do not await His second coming to be with Him; be with Him now -- Friend in times of trial, and sole source of comfort in our afflictions.
- JuandelaCruz |
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin and martyr
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