THE REWARD FOR GOD FEARING, HARD WORK AND ENDURANCE – SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION (13 November, 2016)

1st READING (Malachi 3: 19-20)
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.

The Reward For God Fearing, Hard Work And Endurance – Sunday Gospel Reflection

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.

Examine your 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 duty.

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:
What is your occupation?
Is God pleased with your occupation?

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.

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