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Sunday, November 27, 2016

My Lord says ... Matthew 24:37-44

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


Jesus said to His disciples:  “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark.  They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.  So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.  Two men will be out in the field;  one will be taken and one will be left.  Two women will be grinding at the mill;  one will be taken, and one will be left. 

Therefore, stay awake!  
For you do not know 
on which day your Lord will come.  

Be sure of this:  if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into.  So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

*In deep thoughts

There are things that we failed to realize that anything is inevitable.  Like, accidents can happen to anyone that can lead to damage and even death.  Its effects can cause us  emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually down to our knees.  But the big question we need to ask is this – How much are we prepared for anything?  My mother was not prepared when my father died early after more than 5 years of marriage.  We and his own family weren’t prepared when my eldest brother died.  I wasn’t prepared when my teacher gave us a surprise quiz in Geometry during my high school days. That’s why I got a failing grade for that.  My sister wasn’t prepared that day when her car was wrecked because someone hit her car at the back along the highway.  My brother wasn’t prepared when the Asian Economic Crisis happened that led him to almost bankruptcy during his real estate venture. My close friend wasn't prepared when her marriage collapsed and lost everything -- her house, job, and her children.    

In reality, no one can know what the future lies ahead of us.  Every day there is a risk and a blessing.  Both blessing and risk take many forms in our lives.  Whatever it is, the most important things to consider are to be thankful and appreciate what we have at the moment and take precautions on what we don’t have that will lead us to go astray.  

" 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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