Archive for November 27, 2020

The readings of the ‘end times’ as we journey towards the start of Advent is not meant to fill our hearts with doom and gloom. It is to awaken us from our slumber and call us to action. We are afterall children of the Resurrection, the light!

Have we allowed our light to grow dim? To be snuffed out by the cares and worries of the world? Have we concerned ourselves with things that will not last? Or as children of the light, we have heard our call to holiness and are journeying in the love of God our Father; saving souls as we go along and leading them to our eternal rest with Him?

In our lifetime we were blessed to have witnessed the lives of our fellow saints living in the light of the Resurrection; Pope John Paul II, Theresa of calcutta, Carlo Acutis to name a few. These were ordinary men and women transfigured by living in the presence of our Lord according to His Word and Will for them. You and I should desire to live likewise.

Lord Jesus be with me Amen

First reading
Apocalypse 20:1-4,11-21:2
The book of life was opened, and the dead were judged

I, John, saw an angel come down from heaven with the key of the Abyss in his hand and an enormous chain. He overpowered the dragon, that primeval serpent which is the devil and Satan, and chained him up for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and shut the entrance and sealed it over him, to make sure he would not deceive the nations again until the thousand years had passed. At the end of that time he must be released, but only for a short while.
    Then I saw some thrones, and I saw those who are given the power to be judges take their seats on them. I saw the souls of all who had been beheaded for having witnessed for Jesus and for having preached God’s word, and those who refused to worship the beast or his statue and would not have the brand-mark on their foreheads or hands; they came to life, and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. Then I saw a great white throne and the One who was sitting on it. In his presence, earth and sky vanished, leaving no trace. I saw the dead, both great and small, standing in front of his throne, while the book of life was opened, and other books opened which were the record of what they had done in their lives, by which the dead were judged.
    The sea gave up all the dead who were in it; Death and Hades were emptied of the dead that were in them; and every one was judged according to the way in which he had lived. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the burning lake. This burning lake is the second death; and anybody whose name could not be found written in the book of life was thrown into the burning lake.
    Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the holy city, and the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, as beautiful as a bride all dressed for her husband.

Luke 21:29-33
My words will never pass away

Jesus told his disciples a parable: ‘Think of the fig tree and indeed every tree. As soon as you see them bud, you know that summer is now near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that the kingdom of God is near. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.’