Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 28 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
A reflection on today's Scripture:
That day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. (Luke 21:35)
Our first two readings from Daniel again express God's victory over those attacking His people. The fourth beast mentioned is said, in Bible commentaries, to be the Greek king Antiochus, whom we've seen in two recent readings. Here he rails against the God of the Israelites, pressuring them to change their laws and cease celebrating feast days. This same king and his army were earlier shown to have suffered a massive defeat from the people of the "Most High," the Israelites, who won their freedom from this oppressor and established self-rule.
We should take the time to also read today's scripture given for the "even-numbered years," Revelation 22:1-7, for in it God promises restoring this world to the beauty, peace and fruitfulness described in Eden. All the misery mankind has brought upon itself since "the fall" in Genesis will end, and sovereign power will be restored to God's faithful people.
Today's gospel, taken in fuller context, appears to combine two widely scattered events. Jesus predicts that the Jerusalem temple will be destroyed by the Romans, an event that did take place in 70AD after Christ's death. He also speaks of the wars and massive tribulations in the cosmos that will precede His second coming at the end-times. Christ's theme is our need to always be prepared, for we know not the day or the hour of the assaults coming our way.
Being vigilant is far more than being prepared by making material preparations to protect our homes and sustain our lives. Our spiritual condition, our not growing "drowsy," will determine our ability to deal with any extreme situations. Prayer gives us insights, makes us watchful, yet quiets our anxieties and provides the strength to continue living in God's Word. In the end our faithfulness will enable us to stand with Christ and be presented to the Father as His children.
Almighty and merciful God,
You have broken the power of evil; keep us faithful to Your Son, working to help create a new world prevailed by truth, love, joy and peace.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, November 28, 2009
Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
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