November 24, Thursday of the 34th Week of Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saint Andrew Dũng-Lạc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs
Daily Readings: Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3,9a; Gospel: Luke 21: 20-28
Jesus finally answers the question of what sign will indicate the end and when. He does not give a chronological hour, but the time when the Son of Man comes in a cloud with power and great glory, after all the cataclysms on earth and in the heavens.
Jesus brings us back to his main concern: our redemption. We prefer to know about the signs and the exact time so that we can prepare. But it seems that no amount of preparation will be enough. Everything, both on Earth and in the heavenly bodies, will be wiped out.
Jesus helps us know how to conduct ourselves when all those dreadful signs happen. We should stand erect and raise our heads. This we can do if we believe in the connection between the signs, the coming of Christ, and our redemption. They are all intertwined.
We must also be reminded of the meaning of redemption. It means that we are under the control of a bad thing that hasn't been completely stopped yet. We are not perfectly free from sin and death.
When the Son of Man comes to redeem us, he will snatch us away from the clout of the evil one and sin. He has paid for us in advance through his passion and death. His resurrection assures us of his complete victory.
In honor of St. Andrew Dung Lac and the other Vietnamese martyrs, we see how these brave people lived their faith even though they were persecuted.
What keeps you steadfast in living out your faith?
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