Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Reflection for Saturday November 29, Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 21:34-36

Gospel: Luke 21:34-36
Jesus said to his disciples:“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”
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Reflection:
What would make us succumb to disorderly behavior, drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life? We will succumb to this unhealthy behavior/lifestyle when we close our hearts to the love of Jesus. Lest we forget, the devil is always present in our environment and always trying to look for the right opportunity to snatch us away from the love of God.

Some of us may not believe that the devil is present in our environment but he is. This is the reason why there are evil events and things around us. If there’s no active presence of the devil in our environment there would have been no crimes and other evil things but the devil is present.

In our gospel for this Saturday, Jesus tells us this: :“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap (Luke 21:34).

The cure for this warning of Jesus is none other than Himself! If we have a close and personal relationship with Jesus we would be able to ward off any kind of temptation that the evil one will cleverly throw at us.

If the devil is always around waiting for the right timing to temp us. Jesus is always there also always knocking at our hearts so that he could enter our lives. And once we already have Jesus in our lives the devil will flee from our environment. Therefore we must always open our hearts to Jesus for as long as we exist in this world.

Are we willing to open our heart to Jesus so that He could exorcize our many evils? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

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