Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

Today’s Reflection
Gospel: Lk 21:5-11
November 22, 2022 | Tuesday

Today’s Gospel

While some people were talking about the temple, remarking that it was adorned with fine stonework and rich gifts, Jesus said to them, “The days will come when there shall not be left one stone upon another of all that you now admire; all will be torn down.” And they asked him, “Master, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” Jesus said, “Take care not to be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he; the time is near at hand!’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and troubled times, don’t be frightened; for all these things must happen first, even though the end is not so soon.” And Jesus said, “Nations will fight each other and kingdom will oppose kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and plagues; in many places strange and terrifying signs from heaven will be seen.

Today’s Reflection:

Everyone is afraid of something. We may be afraid of things, places and situations. Some are afraid of being alone. Others are afraid of being in crowded places. There are those who are afraid of height or depth. We are afraid of anything that is a threat to life, like war and natural disaster. No wonder we fear the end of days.

The gospel tells us that frightening things will happen; yet, the end of things will not happen immediately. Instead, they are signs for us to be ready and stay awake. It means we should not give in to false testimonies but hold on to our faith. So, when we are afraid because of the troubles and misfortunes that we experience in this world, the Lord’s consoling message is that we should not be terrified. We have to put our trust in Him. /Vulnerasti, 2022

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