Meditation for the Day

Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time, November 26

We Should View the Wondrous and Glorious Event of Our Lord’s Second Coming and His Final Judgment as a Sign of Ultimate Hope for Those of Us Who Have Placed Our Trust in His Love and Mercy.

In our First Reading today from the Book of Revelation, we read, “Salvation, glory, and might belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments.” – words spoken by a great multitude in Heaven expressing awe and wonderment at God’s Justice in removing evil from the face of the earth!

Then we hear an angel in Heaven proclaim, “Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” – an invitation which God extends to His faithful children to be one with Him forever!

And this invitation is a reward for the gift of faith which you and I profess and live today – a faith given to us by Christ Jesus Himself, in which we have been led to a greater awareness and a more profound understanding of the unfathomable Love which God has for each of His children, and that the greatest attribute of this indescribable Love is His Divine Mercy.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus warns His followers of the imminent destruction of Jerusalem as a consequence of the rejection of the Gospel message. According to the historian Josephus, over one million inhabitants died when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem with its Temple in the year 70 A.D.

But we also find our Lord speaking today about that Final Judgment at the end of the world. And only spiritual blindness can keep us from recognizing the obvious signs of approaching disaster which awaits that Day of Judgment for those who refuse to heed God’s word of grace and salvation.

Only spiritual blindness can keep us from receiving that invitation to the Divine “…wedding feast of the Lamb.” For it is through such blindness that one’s heart remains cold and hardened against the Love and Mercy which our Heavenly Father wishes to bestow upon His children.

But for those of us who open our hearts and acknowledge that we are nothing without God’s Presence within us, then the gift of faith with which we have been blessed guides us into surrendering ourselves completely to God’s will, unreservedly trusting in His Love and Mercy for us, even on that day of Final Judgment, a day in which all things will be made new, a day in which, as is described in the Second Letter of Peter, “…we await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

The greatest gift, which no one can take from us and for which we should be eternally thankful, is our redemption through the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ which was shed on His Cross for our sins. As a result, we have become adopted children of God our Heavenly Father through the salvific action of His Son.

Christ has redeemed us from slavery to sin, from fear of death and from final destruction. Both you and I can be forever thankful because our hope is in Heaven, and in the promise that Jesus will one day return to fully establish His Reign of peace and righteousness.

Jesus speaks of His Second Coming as a known fact, a for-certain event which we can confidently expect to occur in God’s time. But for some of our brothers and sisters, they sadly view the Parousia – the Second Coming of the Son of Man in all His Glory – with an element of fear and trepidation.

With all that we read in Sacred Scripture, with all that our Lord conveyed to Saint Faustina which we find in her Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, we should view this wondrous event, His Glorious Coming again and His Final Judgment, as a sign of ultimate hope for those of us who have placed our trust in His Love and Mercy!

In a time known only to God the Father, who is the Father of all Mercies – when Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word made flesh, the Son of God and the Son of Man, comes in a cloud with great power and majesty, we – all humanity – as Jesus tells us today, shall “stand erect” and hold our heads high, for our final redemption is truly at hand! Alleluia and Amen!

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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

  • “After this I heard what sounded like the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying: ‘Alleluia! Salvation, glory, and might belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments.’” (Revelation 19:1-2a)
  • “[Jesus said to his disciples,] ‘When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know that its desolation is at hand. Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. Let those within the city escape from it, and let those in the countryside not enter the city, for these days are the time of punishment when all the scriptures are fulfilled.’(Luke 21:20-22)
  • “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26)
  • “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and render powerless by the manifestation of his coming, the one whose coming springs from the power of Satan in every mighty deed and in signs and wonders that lie.” (2 Thessalonians 2:8-9)
  • “And even though our gospel is veiled, it is veiled for those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they may not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
  • “But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.” (John 16:13)
  • “Do not be afraid of sudden terror, of the ruin of the wicked when it comes; For the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from the snare.” (Proverbs 3:25-26)
  • “But according to his promise we await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.” (2 Peter 3:13-14)
  • “Shout joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful song…Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.” (Psalm 100:1b-2, 4)
  • “Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.’” (Revelation 19:9a)
  • “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” (Luke 21:27-28)

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Prayer for the Day

“Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless
and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible,
look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us,
that in difficult moments we might not despair
nor become despondent, but with great confidence
submit ourselves to Your holy will,
which is Love and Mercy itself.”

Saint Faustina (Diary, § 950)

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