1st READING (Malachi
Theme: The Sun of
righteousness shall rise for you.
2nd READING (2
Thessalonians 3: 7-12)
Theme: If anyone
will not work, let him not eat.
GOSPEL (Luke 21: 5-19)
Theme: By your
endurance you will live.
REFLECTION ON TODAY’S
READING – FEARING GOD, HARD WORK AND ENDURANCE
The first reading summarizes the reward for every work,
whether good or evil. God said these words through his Prophet, Malachi. He
said that the evildoers will burnt upon the day of God’s anger. But for the
righteous, the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in his wings.
conscience, where do you belong, for righteousness or for evil?
Do you think the characters and actions please God?
In the second reading, St. Paul totally condemned laziness
and idleness. He said,
“If anyone will not
work, let him not eat.”
There is no excuse for being lazy. Serving the Lord should
not make you leave your job from which you earn a living. All the apostles of
God had other works they do, from which they earn their livings.
St. Paul was a
tent maker, St. Peter was a fisherman, etc. They didn’t allow preaching to make
them dependent, they handled both aspects. Some men of God now use the
preaching of the gospel as excuse for being idle. Instead the extort money from
people. There is no genuine excuse for
laziness and idleness. Even Jesus Christ himself paid taxes while carrying out his earthly
But do not let your
occupation prevent you from serving God and do not let your service to God make
you a beggar.
Examine your conscience now and answer these questions:
Is God pleased with
In today’s gospel, Jesus warns you about the signs of end
time and their false prophets.
He gave some of the
signs of end time such as war, famine, earthquakes, pestilence, persecution of
the righteous people, etc.
Most of these signs are now happening. But he said,
“And when you hear of
wars and tumults, do not be terrified; for this must first take place, but the
end will not be at once.”
There is another inspiring consolation Jesus gave the
righteous people who are persecuted, he said,
“You will be
delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and some of you will be
put to death; you will be hated by all for my name sake. But not a hair of your
head will perish. By endurance you will gain your life.”
The life he points out here is eternity. So don’t be afraid
of dying for the sake of the gospel of Christ. It is all gain no loss.
Are you afraid of
those who can only kill your physical body?
The devil can only kill the physical body of a righteous man
but cannot touch his soul.
Fear the one who can kill your physical body and your spirit
(soul) and that is God.
Are you afraid to die
for Christ’s sake?
To live for Christ is
gain and also to die for him is gain. So whether you live or die for Christ’s
sake, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. But dying for Christ’s
sake has more gain.