Luke 21: 34-36
“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
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The readings this last day of the liturgical year invite us to stand between the two worlds of Earth and Heaven. The Book of Revelation opens up the vision of life hereafter, as the angel says to John (and to us), “Remember, I am coming soon. Happy are they who heed the prophetic message of this book!” (Rev 22:7) As we stand today with one foot in the “already” and the other in the “not yet,” Luke’s gospel reminds of the testing and witness still before us as we await the “great day” yet to come. Jesus admonishes us: “Pray constantly for the strength to escape whatever is in prospect and to stand secure before the Son of Man.” (Lk 21: 36)
The saints whose feasts we have celebrated throughout the past liturgical year form a great “cloud of witnesses” to the practical realities we experience as we stand between this world and the next. Saint Edmund Campion and the Jesuit martyrs of England are good examples of this reality. Hunted down and then martyred at Tyburn Hill for professing their Catholic faith in violation of the edicts of Henry VIII, their witness to Christ the King for whose presence and coming they ardently longed gives us hope amidst our own daily challenge and struggle.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
We give thanks today for all the blessings and good grace of this past year. We thank God for the insight and strength we have experienced as we prayed over the daily Scripture readings. With open hands and ready hearts we walk with the Holy Trinity into this new season of grace and growth. Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!
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