Friday 11November 2022 – LESSONS FROM WITHIN

32nd Week in Ordinary Time

1st Reading: 2Jn 4-9

I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth just as we were commanded by the Father. But now, Lady, I ask you, not as though I were writing a new commandment but the one we have had from the beginning: let us love one another. For this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning, in which you should walk. Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh; such is the deceitful one and the antichrist. Look to yourselves that you do not lose what we worked for but may receive a full recompense. Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.

Gospel: Lk 17: 26-37

Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all. So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, someone who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise one in the field must not return to what was left behind. Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left.”  They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather.”               

LESSONS FROM WITHIN: During the time of Noah there was disastrous flood and during the time of Lot there was scorching fire. We are told that these were the result of sin. The gospel of the day identifies this sin as ‘seeking to preserve one’s own life’. This sin is otherwise called selfishness. The planet earth suffers with flood and heat because of the selfishness of human. It is under the burden of consumerism. Globally there are storms causing severe floods due to global climate change. The Paris Climate Agreement (2016) says that we have to reduce the emission of CO2. So, we have to get converted from the sin of consumerism. This conversion can be seen in our use of solar and wind energies which are renewable; in the economic use of food, water and plastic, and in planting of more trees. We shall pray for our ecological conversion.

Prayer: God, help us remember to take care of what surrounds us as we do to ourselves.

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BE WATCHFUL: Jesus today invites us to live a disciplined Christian life. We have to put God at the center of our lives because He can encounter us at any time. Unfortunately, people have become capitalistic, they only think of ways to accumulate wealth instead of glorifying God. The modern society is affected by science and technology in the form of social media sites that cover all age groups both grown-ups and growing ups. The human person has placed social media groups like face book, WhatsApp, Imo, and twitter at the center of life. This destructs us from worshiping and serving God. In fact, we have given God third choice in our lives that is: after work we go for leisure and enjoyment. However, today, we are called to be watchful by giving God the first choice in our lives.

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BE READY TO BE SURPRISED: As we move towards the end of the liturgical year, the gospel is beginning to hint at the theme of end of times. The core of such theme is that we need to be ready to be surprised by the Lord. Hidden within these sayings about the end of times, as it is in the gospel of today, “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.” This line is offering us a programme of life on how to wait for the Lord. We need to fully surrender ourselves to the Lord. Our life is not about us, it is about Him. When we live in a constant awareness of this, then we are ever ready to receive the Lord’s coming.