My words will not pass away.

November 27, 2020 3:00 am

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (LK 21: 33)

We can put our trust in Our Lord’s words—words, which “will not pass away,” because Our Lord is the Word. Whenever we listen to Him, whenever we open the Bible, we are next to Him. Especially today, when there is less and less authority, we can trust completely in Him when everything else changes so quickly. 

“Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Your redemption is at hand.

November 26, 2020 3:00 am

“But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” (LK 21: 28)

Today the USA celebrates a day of Thanksgiving – a day the early pilgrims shared with the American Indians who helped them survive the winter months of New England —all the best for you, America. 

We are encouraged: “Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” All “these signs” are just a reminder to put our trust in Him. He knows what happened, why it happened when it finished, and where it leads us. “Redemption is at hand,” we are His children, and He protects us. 

“Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Perseverance 

November 25, 2020 3:00 am

“By your perseverance, you will secure your lives.” (LK 21: 19)

Perseverance is a virtue. The dictionary describes it this way: “persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” Married life and family life are a perfect environment to grow in this virtue: loving our differences, day by day changing our old habits and creating better ones, seeing our children grow and helping them to mature, and so on. Never, ever give up; this helps us start a new day with new hope and ideas, knowing that God is always there when we need His help. 

“Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Such things must happen first.

November 24, 2020 3:00 am

“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.” (LK 21: 9)

We know the phrase: start with the vision of the end. What we see is always a step, just a part of something bigger. God created us with love and wants us in heaven. God’s plan is one, and nothing can change it; God doesn’t need to improvise, to modify His plans somewhat, or to change them entirely —everything helps us and serves us to love more, to be better persons, and to finally end in heaven, where we will love and will be loved forever. 

“Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

More than all the rest

November 23, 2020 3:00 am

“I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” (LK 21: 3-4)

When we compare our spouses with our idealistic vision for them, they have no chance. If we change ourselves, when we “put in more than all the rest,” we win. We can only change ourselves; we can make this world a better place when we are focused on being better, more positive, more optimistic, more gentle, more respectful, and always more focused on giving than on demanding. 

“Stay awake! For you do not know when the Son of Man will come.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

You did for me

November 22, 2020 3:00 am

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (MT 25: 40)

The King of the Universe thinks about me and identifies Himself with me: “whatever you did for one the least brothers of mine, you did for me.” We can’t imagine the dignity we receive. This helps us to put in practice our great dreams about loving Him the most amazing way by loving our spouses and our children the most amazing way. It will reach the Heart of Our Lord.

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!” (Gospel Acclamation)

Teacher, you have answered well

November 21, 2020 7:10 am

“Some of the scribes said in reply, ‘Teacher, you have answered well.’” (LK 20: 39)

All the answers are in God. He created this world and us. He redeemed us and gave us the purpose for living. He assists us, leads us, and helps us to fulfill our mission. Whenever we ask Him questions about what to do to go to heaven, we can expect answers. And He answers well.

“Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel.” (Gospel Acclamation)

In the temple area

November 20, 2020 3:00 am

“And every day he was teaching in the temple area.” (LK 19: 47)

In our current time, we do not have access to “the temple area.” We are confined to our houses, in lockdown; we have a liturgy on TV or via the internet; we may not be able to pray in our churches and receive Holy Communion. But, we are not abandoned; we are not forgotten. He is always where we pray when we are listening to Him.   

“My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

What makes for peace

November 19, 2020 3:00 am

“As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, ‘If this day you only knew what makes for peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.’” (LK 19: 4-42)

How often in our relationships have we said something wrong and unpleasant, or have made a stupid comment or have not paid the right attention which then resulted in arguments, silent days, or even crisis? How often have we prayed for peace and would love to know “what makes for peace”? In that kind of situation, we can always invite our Lord, asking Him to come and to help. We can always say “I am sorry” and take responsibility for this situation, expressing ownership and respect to our spouses. 

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Would appear there immediately

November 18, 2020 7:07 am

“While people were listening to Jesus speak, he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem and they thought that the Kingdom of God would appear there immediately.” (LK 19: 11)

With every generation, we understand that “immediately” does not mean what we normally understand it to mean. We could say just the opposite: people of our generation definitely do not expect “the Kingdom of God” immediately, do not expect and do not believe it could be soon—maybe in the future, maybe someday. So, what can we do with “immediately”? It helps us to remember that every day is a perfect occasion to grow, to love more, and to be more gentle, more respectful, and more giver; it is a day to make our homes a better place for our families and for our children. 

“I chose you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

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