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Sunday, November 13, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 21:5-19



Photo Courtesy of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church's bulletin

*SUNDAY GOSPEL
While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said,  “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.”

Then they asked Him,  “Teacher, when will this happen?  And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?”  He answered,  “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.” 

Then He said to them,  “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place;  and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.  Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name.  It will lead to your giving testimony.  Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.  You will even be handed over by your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death.  You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.  By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”





ONE AGAINST ANOTHER

The reality of life shows always that misunderstanding leading to arguments and disunity happens in our daily lives.  It is always an inevitable thing because of different issues and purposes concerning people themselves.  Family is the central unit of the society.  One against another over certain family issue is not impossible to happen in every family household.   Husband against wife, daughter against mother, son against father, sibling against sibling,  daughter-in-law against mother-in-law, son-in-law against father-in-law, nephew against aunt, niece against uncle, etc.  But even friends can part their ways also due to misunderstanding.   Generally speaking, misunderstanding happens because of differences in many issues, like  religion, beliefs, values, views, preferences, family, etc.  Never a day in a family household that arguments don’t happen even for a simple reason.   The effects on the hearts and minds of every person are devastating that can even trigger to cause someone to kill another person, if not controlled. 


I had a friend whose cousin was put to jail due to misunderstanding while having a drink with his friends.  They argued for a certain reason that even my friend didn’t know why his cousin shot his friend in front of other friends over a certain family matter.  His cousin even went home, which is just two blocks away from where they were having a drink, just to get the gun of his father.  His cousin’s friend didn’t die because his cousin aimed the gun at the victim’s thigh only.  When the police came, the victim had his cousin arrested.  The victim was brought to the hospital afterwards.   

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 "I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."


Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a

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