Thirty-third sunday in ordinary time
Readings for the day:
Malachi 3: 19-20a
Psalm 98: 5-6, 7-8, 9
2Thessalonians 3: 7-12
Luke 21: 5-9
As christians, we are called to bear witness of the faith we profess. Our love for God should radiate our very life and we should be ready to face whatever may come our way with sure hope in christ. We should not give in to lukewarmness by being unwilling to be hot for God(not as a fanatic or terrorist though). Sound very easy to say right, but it is not so easy to live out. We sure need the grace of God united with him in prayer and we most definitely need to surround ourselves with people of similar course of travel, so that we can encourage each other in the race of faith. As for me, I have decided to be formed by the spirit of ‘opus dei’, for i am a weak man. What are you doing?. I need the help of my fellow brethren in this pilgrimage of life so as not to lose heart.
We need to be built interiorly in order for the fire of God burning in us to be able to quench the sea of the world around us. So that when people see us, they see the fruits of christ emanating from our branches. They see us as a model of virtues to be imitated.
We must keep our mind intact then for the coming in glory of our lord and not be moved by the tides of these times. We should hope in the sweetness that is behind the veil of the moment. The martyrs are a sure sign for us to look up to. In this, I admire saints stephen and paul the most. They witnessed in the presence of those who were ready to pounce on them, relying entirely in God’s wisdom. Let’s continue relentlessly to witness even if our families, friends, relatives etc desert us. Jesus was deserted, how much more us(not too easy too, God’s grace suffices). God would forever keep us safe in his arms, all we need to do is to trust in him without wavering. For he has assured us through prophet malachi that his sun of justice has healing rays, why then do we have to fear. Let us also be careful of people who claim to be ‘christ’ and not be carried away by those who run around in their pants shouting “end times, end times”. Not saying we should ignore the signs of the times(in fact we should keep watch), but rather we should focus on the essentials, i.e living our life in conformity with christ, so that when he comes in glory, we may be found worthy of his kingdom.
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