Luke 21: 20-28
Introductory Prayer: Jesus my Savior, thank you for
another day and another chance to grow in holiness with your grace. I love you and wish to make you
the true center of my thoughts, desires and actions.
Good Jesus, help me realize these moments with
you are some of the most important of my day. Mary, be near to me as I listen to your Son.
Lord, give me a healthy, but realistic Christian optimism. Let me feel confident as I try to stay close to
you throughout the day.
1. Desolation at Hand:. What a grim Gospel passage! Lots of talk of armies and calamity and roaring seas.
Jesus is speaking of the coming destruction of Jerusalem (in A.D. 70) as well as images of the
end-times. In our day we can think of wars, tsunamis, floods and think wonder: Why is the
world is such a nasty place sometimes? . Why can't life be easier? Why do so many innocent people
suffer? Alas, Our Lord asked the same questions. All the evil we see springs from original sin, from
the fall of Adam. It wasn't God's plan to have all this suffering but he allows it. He allows it
because he respects our freedom. He allows it too because he knows he can bring good out of it. How
do I use my freedom? Do I have enough faith in Christ to be optimistic?
2. Trampled Underfoot:. The fall
of Jerusalem didn't mean that God abandoned the world. True, the focus of religion would no longer
be the Temple; rather, it would be a new focus: Christ, truly present in the Eucharist. The
tabernacle would be the new center of attention. How few souls grasp that truth.? After 2,000 years,
Jesus is still humble, allowing himself to be kept in a tabernacle. Does that fact influence the way
I act in a church? Does it affect the way I dress when I going to church? Do I try to enter church
with the proper state of heart and mind?
3. Redemption at
Hand:. Faithful following of Christ gives us the best assurance that our lives have meaning.
Christ will make sense of everything at the end of our lives. All our struggles to live the Gospel
will be worth it. On the last day we might regret many things, but we will never regret the things
we did for Christ. Does that truth guide our lives each day? Do we live each day as if it was were
our last? What is there in my life that I would be ashamed of on the last day? Why not weed it out
of my life now?
Conversation with Christ: Lord, help me to judge the things of my daily life
against eternity. Let me see things with your eyes. Let me see what is really valuable, and what is
fleeting. And help me to act accordingly.
Resolution: I will make a fresh effort to get rid of the
biggest vice in my life.