Friday of the 32nd Week of the Year

Luke 17:26-37

The Day of the Son of Man

There are three things we should learn from this gospel passage about eternal life and the end of the world:

First is that the world will definitely come to an end.  And therefore, all creatures should help us to raise our minds and hearts to the Lord. The whole world is God’s creation and it has a role to play within His eternal plan. So the Church invites us to see things as they really are – beautiful works of God but passing.

Second is that one day Christ will come again to call us home to be with the Father and all the saints in heaven. The time given to us is short and we have no control over how much time we get. That is why Christ reminds us that our lives have a purpose and meaning. Yes they can help but it is not the world, society, loved ones or even ourselves will determine what meaning our lives have and the course our life we ought to follow. He is the one who decides the good path and He will take those who have walked in it into His Kingdom to enjoy everlasting happiness. Those who have not will be cast away from His presence for all eternity.

Third is that the path to Heaven is the way of love. Jesus says: “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.”These words are like a compass that points the way to Eternal Life. There is only one way to live our lives and that is, through love. Love is self-donation and complete self-giving so that others may be happy. This is Christ’s charity, a theological virtue which we received at baptism. We must live as Christ did, that is, as one who has come “to serve and not to be served.”

At the end let us reflect this Learning of Life by Donna Eick:

I’ve learned that being kind is more important than being right.

I’ve learned that you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned that I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

I’ve learned that no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I’ve learned that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I’ve learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I’ve learned that we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned that money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned that it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I’ve learned that under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I’ve learned that the Lord didn’t do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?

I’ve learned that when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned that love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned that when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I’ve learned that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I’ve learned that I can’t choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.

I’ve learned that it is best to give advice in only two circumstances; when it is requested and when it is a life-threatening situation.

See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

OPTION  01,   02,   03,

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