Thursday of the 34th Week of the Year

Luke 21:20-28

The Great Tribulation


Some people get scared when they read about “prophets” and their scary prophecies about the end of the world. These people are afraid of a definite end and of the thought of dying because “everybody wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die,” as the lyrics of a song have it.

The apocalyptic language in today’s gospel is scary indeed. But how different were the Jewish rabbis in facing the future: “if there were a plant in your hand and they should say to you, ‘Look, the Messiah is here,’ go and plant your plant and after that go forth to receive him!” Jesus teaches us a similar quiet approach, “…stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand!”

We do not live to be obliterated. God has not created us to destroy us. God is a loving Father who wants only one thing: redeem us, save and bring us into his presence to live with him forever. What is there to be frightened about? In fact, there is a reason enough to “stand erect”, to be full of joyful expectation. For the “end” is the beginning of a blissful eternity. (Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD Bible Diary 2004).


The gospel today has two parts. The first tells us about the siege and fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

The second predicts the coming of the Son of Man at the end of the world. The destruction of Jerusalem had happened and Luke tells it as it happened. But the second coming of the Lord had not taken place. Luke describes this in profoundly prophetic language. It is also clear from this passage that the second coming of Jesus and the end of the world will take place not very soon. Christians are told that they must wait and while they wait, suffer persecutions. After all, Jesus had to suffer and die to arrive at His glory. Certainly His disciples should not expect less.

Faith in Jesus’ second coming, in His final glory at the end of time, gave strong support to the early Christians, even though victory might be long in coming. The same faith should support us, too. Hope in this final victory is the whole reason fir living the Christian life, for being faithful to the call of Jesus. (Fr. Eli Yyance, SVD Bible Diary 2005)


Jesus cried! Dominus Flevit! Today, this is the name of the Church on the Mount of Olives overlooking the city of Jerusalem. It reminds everyone that around this area some two thousand years ago, Jesus cried when He contemplated on the future of the glorious city He loved so much. He foresaw its total destruction, “no stone will remain on top of another.” This eventually happened in 70 AD. To this day, the Old Temple was never rebuilt. Jerusalem is a city of disunity, strife and contradictions. Because God loves humankind, He never forces Himself and His teachings on anyone. Jesus never forced the Jews to accept His teachings. God loves you and me, too. Yet, He respects our freedom to follow Him or not. He may warn us of the coming end of the world, a certain event the arrival of which we do not know as yet. There will be preachers and teachers who will help us prepare for that day of days. But it is up to us to cooperate or not. It is said of some saints when asked what they would do if they were to die within a few hours, that they would continue doing what they were doing just then. May we be able to do the same. (Fr. Flor Camacho, SVD Bible Diary 2007)


November 24, 2016 Thursday

In high school I had a teacher who gave surprise quizzes and unannounced oral and written tests. This challenged me to be prepared at all times. Later in life, I realized the value of preparedness for much more important things than getting good grades: as a teacher, readiness for daily lessons; as a religious-missionary Sister, readiness for omitted service; most of all, readiness to answer God’s final call for me in death which can come at any time. In today’s Good News, there is the all-important call to readiness for the Second Coming of Our Lord. Because we do not know the specific schedule of this great event, we are greatly challenged to be prepared at all times to welcome Christ. Mt. 24:31-48 makes Christ’s judgment for everyone – love shown in works of mercy for others – as the basis for our preparation.

The prediction of the terrible happenings before the Second Coming is not meant to create fear in us, but to call to a better awareness of the need to turn away from sin, unfaithfulness, selfishness, greed and pride, to be able to live a life of faith and active love of God and for one another. All who are faithful to God have really nothing to fear, for Christ has promised to be with us until the end of time. Christ inspires us to have hope and expectant joy (Lk. 21:28): “But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” His Coming will be the ultimate triumph of good over evil and the beginning of perfect life without suffering, pain and sorrow – the eternal life of love, joy and peace with and in God. The Good News for today inspires me to humbly pray: “Lord Jesus, I long for your coming. As I wait with great longing, I humbly beg you to give me the grace to be truly ready to welcome you by living a life of faith and love, faithfully striving to be what our Loving Father wants me to be and do willingly what He wants me to do. Please, grant this grace also to others. Amen” (Sister Mary Pauline J. Tamayo, SSpS | School of the Holy Spirit, BF Homes, QC Bible Diary 2016)


CATECHISM a Day (Luke 21:27): “They’ll see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.


Cloud is an image which occurs in the manifestations of the Holy Spirit. In the theophanies of the Old Testament, the cloud reveals the loving and saving God, while veiling the transcendence of his glory, with Moses on Mt. Sinai, at the tent of meeting and during the wandering in the desert and with Solomon at the dedication of the Temple. In the Holy Spirit, Christ fulfills these figures.

The Spirit comes upon Mary and overshadows her so that she might give birth to Christ. On the mountain of transfiguration, the Spirit in the cloud came and overshadowed Christ, Moses, and Elijah, Peter, James and John and a voice came out of the cloud. ‘This is my beloved Son, listen to Him.’ The Cloud took Christ out of the sight of the disciples on the day of His ascension and will reveal Him as Son of man in glory on the day of his final coming (Fr. Iko Bajos Oct 28, 2013).


THURSDAY OF THE 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) – LUKAS 21:20-28. Unsa may magpaabot kanato sa katapusan sa panahon – ang pagkagun-ob ba o ang katumanan? Ang ebanghelyo nagpadayag nga ang katapusan sa panahon pagaunhan og mga katalagman. Adunay mahitabong kamatay, giyera, ug mga kaguliyang sa kalangitan ug kadagatan. Makalilisang nga hunahunaon kining maong panagna. Apan, kinahanglan nato nga magpabiling maisog ug malaomon tungod kay sa pag-abot sa panahon, si Kristo motungha uban sa dakong gahum ug himaya. Dili pagkagun-ob ang muabot kondili katumanan sa mga panaad sa Dios. Ang Iyang pagbalik maoy maghatag og kadaogan sa Iyang mga tinun-an. Kining pagtoo sa Ikaduhang Pag-anhi ni Kristo mao untay magdasig kanato sa pagpuyo nga matoohon, malaumon ug mahigugmaon sa isigkaingon. Posted by Abet Uy

(English) Luke 21: 20-28. What awaited us at the end of the season – the destruction or fulfillment? The gospel reveals that the end of the period preceded the disaster. There will be pestilence, war, and the noise of the air and sea. Terrible to think about this prophecy. However, we must remain strong and hopeful for the coming period, Christ will come with great power and glory. Not destruction come but the fulfillment of God’s promise. His return will give victory to His disciples. This belief in the Second Coming of Christ is supposed to encourage us to live faithful, hopeful and loving companion.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

THURSDAY OF THE 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – LUKAS 21:20-28. UNSA MAY MAGPAABOT KANATO SA KATAPUSAN SA PANAHON – PAGKAGUN-OB BA, O KATUMANAN? Ang ebanghelyo nagpadayag nga ang katapusan sa panahon pagaunhan og mga katalagman – adunay mahitabong kamatay, giyera, ug mga kaguliyang sa kalangitan ug kadagatan. Makalilisang nga hunahunaon kining maong panagna. Apan, dili kita angay’ng mapuno sa kahadlok tungod kay matod pa sa ebanghelyo, inig abot sa panahon si Kristo motungha uban sa dakong gahum ug himaya. Dili pagkagun-ob ang muabot kondili katumanan sa mga panaad sa Dios. Ang Iyang pagbalik magdala’g kaluwasan ug kadaogan sa Iyang mga tinun-an. Sa Libro sa Gipadayag, ang Ginoo nag-ingon: “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” (22:12). Posted by Abet Uy


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Reflection for November 26, Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 21:20-28

Reflection: Are you afraid of the end times?

The talk of end times always sends shivers to many most especially to those who do not have yet a personal relationship with Jesus. This topic is something that they always want to avoid as much as possible.

However, if God is in your heart; who can be against you? If God is with you nothing can distress you no matter how horrifying the signs of the times are.

For those who are losing hope; for those who continue to live in sin, for those who do not give space for God in their life the end times is may be here and now already. But there still hope for them for as long as they live there’s hope. And this hope is given to them by Jesus; they simply have to allow Jesus to come into their life.

For those who steadfastly believe in God, who faithfully follow His commands. Who continuously remain hopeful notwithstanding the discouraging signs of the times. Redemption from any fear is upon them already.

Why don’t we change our ways and why don’t we get closer to Jesus and invite Him to come into our lives? So that whatever happens to this world we’ll have neither worries nor fears for we know that we are always in God’s loving embrace.

Let us change our ways, let us listen to the voice of God calling us all to repent through the Sacrament Confession/Reconciliation. Let us always remember that the indifference of the people of Jerusalem to Jesus resulted in their destruction. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Reflection for Thursday November 24, Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs; Luke 21:20-28

What makes you afraid? Are you afraid of problems and trials that may come your way?

Jesus talks about a very frightening scenario in the gospel. But at the same time at the end He also tells us that there shall be redemption. We also have our own share of frightening scenarios in our lives. Problems, trials, persecution and so forth and these will test also our faithfulness to God.

Let us continue to steadfastly hold-on, let us not let go of God no matter how hard our trials may be. For at the end there shall be redemption for us also. If we have God nobody could bring us down not even the severest problem and persecution.

However, there are times that we give-up but what many of us don’t know is problems and trials are part and parcel of our daily life. All of us have problems and trials that we go through and we don’t encounter these difficulties to defeat us. We encounter these trials/problems so that it could strengthen us and if we handle it properly we will come-out of it a much better and stronger person.

Let us not allow our trials and problems to weaken us. For the simple reason that there is always hope for as long as we continue to have faith in Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Thursday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time

Rev 18: 1-2, 21-23; 19: -13; Lk 21: 20-28

The Time Has Come Near

In today’s Gospel Jesus foretells about the destruction of the temple and calls their attention to the need of going away from the temple city.  The catastrophe on the temple for Jesus is not an accident, but according to the divine plan as well as to fulfill what was written.

Jesus clearly warns his disciples about the difference between the fall of Jerusalem and the second coming of the Son of Man.  Remember that at the beginning of his ministry, Jesus had proclaimed that the time has come near or kingdom has come near.  Now towards the end of his ministry he is telling again the time come for the destruction and desolation of Jerusalem has come near or rather it has already arrived. The time has come near. What is the right path to follow?

Some years ago, a pastor at age 52 was a patient of a brain tumor. It was frequently said that the way he approached his death over the months of his terminal illness was a witness to his faith. His disease gave him an opportunity to witness to others about their faith. It didn’t bring healing. It didn’t reduce the pain and loss at the time of death. It did strengthen their conviction of a life beyond death. Jesus tells us to look beyond the negativities and problems present in our lives. Dr Cyril Kuttiyanickal CMI


November 24, 2016

The Vietnamese are proud to refer to their country as “the land of the 100,000 martyrs.” And, believe it or not, this claim is not a pious exaggeration, as today’s celebration reminds us. For today we are remembering a martyred priest, Andrew Dung-Lac and 114 other martyrs, mostly Vietnamese (but with a few French and Spanish missionaries) who were martyred between 1820 and 1862. Members of this group were beatified on different occasions between 1900 and 1951. Now all have been canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988.

During the six decades after 1820, between 100,000 and 300,000 Vietnamese Catholics were either killed or subjected to great hardships. The last of the martyrs of the group we are celebrating today were 17 laypersons, one of them a nine-year-old, executed in 1862.

But in Vietnam persecution of the Catholics continued into the 20th century. In 1954, when Vietnam was partitioned, persecution forced 670,000 Catholics to abandon lands, homes and possessions and flee to the south. In 1964, there were still 833,000 Catholics in the north, but many were in prison. Now the entire country is under Communist rule. But the Church is nevertheless vibrantly alive and vigorous.


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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