Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time, November 24

May We Be Found Worthy to Stand at the Right Hand of Our Sovereign King in His Eternal Kingdom, a Place Where We Shall Truly Find the Love, Peace and Happiness for Which Our Hearts and Souls So Deeply Yearn.

“Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them! Then shall all the trees of the forest exult before the LORD, for he comes; for he comes to rule the earth.” – words which we read in our Responsorial Psalm today, words of praise and exultation, ringing out the glory which is God’s alone!

And these words set the stage for the common thread which we find weaving itself throughout both our Readings today – the splendor and glory of the Second Coming of Christ the King, as we “…await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” – where all injustice is eradicated, where hunger, disease and every sorrow and tear are wiped away, for “He shall rule the world with justice and the peoples with his constancy”!

The portrait with which we are presented in today’s Readings is the image of change – a sense that there is a non-permanence to all that is of this Earth, a sense of non-permanence to all that man creates – even places of worship such as the Temple built in Jerusalem “…adorned with costly stones and votive offerings…” – for all things by man are subject to change.

In our First Reading today from the Book of Revelation, John experiences a prophetic vision of the events which are yet to occur – events that will ultimately lead to a time when God rewards the righteous but punishes the sinful. For the reaping of the harvest symbolizes the gathering of the elect in the Final Judgment, while the reaping and treading of the grapes symbolize the doom of the ungodly and the wicked!

In today’s Gospel, Jesus was prophesying about the future of the Temple in Jerusalem, and also about the events that would precede the Final Judgment – the Parousia, a time known only to the Eternal Father.

The Temple in Jerusalem was, for many of the Jewish people, a physical place where they felt close to God. And yet, our Lord prophesies about their Temple when He says, “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.”

This physical Temple was to be subject to change, for Christ came to become the new and permanent Temple in the lives of His children, a Temple not made by human hands – a Temple which would never change, a Temple which would always remain in the hearts and minds of faithful believers.

But Jesus knew only too well the fickleness and changeability which can lie in the hearts of men. All we need do is to look around us at the seductions and the hold which secularism and materialistic pleasures have on many people today. All we need to do is witness the hatred and mayhem which man perpetrates against his fellow man, even in so-called civilized societies!

And for those who give in to these seductions and create for themselves new gods and new temples, our Lord warns us in today’s Gospel, “See that you not be deceived…”

Yes, our Lord was primarily referring to those false prophets who would mislead His children. We have seen many of them over the past decades, and I am sure that there will be more to come. But for some people, the seductions which the cultures of this world present can even be far more dangerous, for they are more imminent and “in our face” every day!

Let us pray that our hearts may be wise to the false gods and idols which constantly surround us. And through the faith which we profess and live in our daily lives, may we always be opened to the Kingdom of God and the only True Temple which shall stand forever – for it is not only near at hand, it is here within us now and also within each person to whom we reach out with the Love and Compassion of Christ.

And when that Final Harvest ultimately takes place, may we be found worthy to stand at the right hand of our Sovereign King for all eternity in His Heavenly Kingdom –

– a place where we shall truly find the love, peace and happiness for which our hearts and souls so deeply yearn!

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them! Then shall all the trees of the forest exult before the LORD, for he comes; for he comes to rule the earth. He shall rule the world with justice and the peoples with his constancy.” (Psalm 96:11-13)
  • “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.” (Luke 21:9-10)
  • “Lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the LORD of hosts. But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.” (Malachi 3:19-20a)
  • “Wield the sickle, for the harvest is ripe; Come and tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for their crimes are numerous.” (Joel 4:13)
  • “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.’” (Matthew 25:31-34)
  • “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’” (Matthew 25:41)
  • “But according to his promise we await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13)
  • “Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; The things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind. Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create…No longer shall the sound of weeping be heard there, or the sound of crying” (Isaiah 65:17-18a, 19b)

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Prayer for the Day

“Ah, Lord God, my Holy Lover,
when You come into my heart,
all that is within me will rejoice.

“You are my Glory and the Exultation of my heart.
You are my Hope and Refuge in the day of my tribulation.
But because my love is as yet weak and my virtue imperfect,
I must be strengthened and comforted by You.

“Visit me often, therefore, and teach me Your holy discipline.
Free me from evil passions and cleanse my heart
of all disorderly affection so that, healed and purified within,
I may be fit to love, strong to suffer, and firm to persevere.”

Thomas A’ Kempis (The Imitation of Christ)

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