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 12, 2016

Reflection for Sunday November 13, Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time; Luke 21:5-19

Gospel: Luke 21:5-19
While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.

Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.

“Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.
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We have so many fears in life: fear of death, fear of the end of this world, fear of losing someone whom we love, fear of the unknown and countless more fears.

But why fear or worry? If we know Jesus there’s no reason anymore for us to fear even death we should not fear because Jesus has already conquered death.

There’s a story about Romeo a very fearful and worrisome man he was full of cynicism. Nothing occupies his mind except fear and worry. He once was asked by a friend, if he believes in God, he said: No, I don’t believe in God, when he was asked why, he again answered: because no one has introduced me to your God or told me anything about your God.

A few meters from them was a man named Nardo a practicing catholic who heard their conversation, he asked Romeo if he could spare an hour for him every Sunday evening so that he could share Jesus and his catholic faith with him. Romeo said: “Yes I can give you may one hour, perhaps not only one hour even more than one hour and let’s do it as soon as possible”.

So it happened, on a Sunday Nardo went to Romeo’s house and Nardo shared everything that he knew about Jesus and the Catholic faith. Romeo was a very interested student he imbibed everything that was taught to him , It thus created a thirst for Jesus in Romeo’s life .

He read books that deals with Jesus and the  Catholic church and it eventually led to his baptismal in the church. After which, Romeo was not anymore fearful or worrisome for the reason that he already have Jesus in his heart.

In our gospel, Jesus speaks about the end times; he talks about the fragility of life and the destruction of material things that surrounds it. He also talks about persecution even death. Yet He tells them and us too not to fear or worry about it for He will take care of them.

End times scenarios are very real and it’s currently happening to some people at this very moment. What is the cause of these hopelessness and desperation?  They do not know that there’s someone like Jesus who saves, who inspires and who gives infinite peace of mind and hope.

We need to make a big difference in the lives of these people who do not know Jesus yet; we need to introduce Him to them. Countless lives had been saved by Jesus with the help of those who were courageous enough to share Him with them. But there are still more who are getting desperate and who needs to know Him deeply.

We need to do something about it; even if we get mocked and ridiculed, we must still persist and creatively share Jesus with them. Jesus himself said this: You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives (Luke 21:17-19).  – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

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