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

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Reflection for Sunday November 15, Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time; Mark 13:24-32

Gospel: Mark 13:24-32
Jesus said to his disciples: "In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

"And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.

"Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

"But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
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A young man in desperate straits was contemplating of ending his own life. Yes he had money and could practically buy everything that he wants. But there was still that deep void within him  that was yearning for something that would give meaning to his life.

Have you been through this kind of experience wherein you yearn for something meaningful in your life? You yearn for meaning because you can’t find relevance in your present life in this world? We all go through this period of emptiness in our lives as if this is already our own version of end times experience.   

What should we do when we walk through this experience of spiritual barrenness? When everything before us seems dark and hopeless?  We have to look-up to the man on the cross for our salvation and deliverance. We have to ask Jesus to fill our barren life and we have to ask Him to give our life substance and meaning.

Many of us thinks that the meaning of life could be found in the material things that we possess. We think that material things are the be all and end all of life. Only to find out that we are still empty even if we seem to have all the wealth and power that we can afford. – Marino J. Dasmarinas     

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