Scripture Reading: Luke 21:25-36
Today, the Holy Spirit desires us to know that whether the ‘world’ smiles or frowns, it is an enemy; because of itsterrors and enticements (distractions) and believers should be strong enough to overcome it.St Paul says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is unusual for human beings. But God is faithful, and he will not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. Instead, along with the temptation he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to endure it.” (1Cor.10:13)
Our lead scripture says “There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and waves men fainting with fear and foreboding on what is coming on the world…….” In the words of Luke, how do we find “the strength to escape all these things” so that we can stand before the One who is the focus of our faith? The gospels instruct us to watch and wait – to stay awake and keep alert so that we don’t miss the big arrival. All three begin with signs in the heavens — the sun and moon and stars. For every gospel writer, there is a reason we might miss the Messiah. For Matthew and Mark, we might not stay awake. Mark is the most direct: In Mark13:35 “Therefore, keep awake–for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly.” Matthew is quite similar: In Matthew 24:43“But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.” But Luke’s concern is different; LUKE’S BIGGEST WORRY IS THAT WE’LL BE DISTRACTED: In Luke21:34 “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap.”
Beloved are you very distracted to notice the coming of the kingdom of God, to take time to sit at Jesus’ feet or to care for someone in need? In truth there are many distractions in our world; the big question today is: are you caught up in it or have you been able to find the strength to overcome these distractions? Let us continue tomorrow.
MASS: GREEN Rom. 11:29-36; Ps. 69:30-31.33-34.36-37(R.14c); Jn 8:31b-32; Lk 14:12-14
- I beg of You, my Lord, to remove anything which separates or distracts me from You. Remove anything that makes me unworthy of your sight, your control, your reprehension; of your speech and conversation, of your benevolence and love in Jesus Name.
Exercise: Reflect and write out the things that distract you from God and pray about them.
Meditation: Luke 21:34