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MARK 13:31 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 13:24-32)

Jakarta, 14 November 2021 [33rd ORDINARY SUNDAY – YEAR B]

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THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN

THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN

(A biblical reflection on the 33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME [Year B] – 14 NOVEMBER, 2021)

Gospel Reading: Mark 13:24-32

First Reading: Daniel 12:1-3; Psalms: Psalm 16:5,8-11; Second Reading: Hebrews 10:11-14,18

The Scripture Text

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send out the angels, and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that He is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, before all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

“But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time with come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Watch therefore – for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning – lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Watch.”(Mark 13:24-32 RSV)

Every now and then people speculate and try to predict the end of the world. And, we could find doomsday prophets keep coming and going – but the end of the world has not come.

As we are about to end the Church calendar, the Gospel message this Sunday douses cold water on all predictions and prognostications. Listen to the words of Jesus Christ: “But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32).

Instead of frittering away precious time speculating on the end of the world, Jesus Christ exhorts us to live as Christians in the present. What matters is NOW!

A Catholic priest was once playing badminton with a friend. During the break, their talk shifted to a more serious vein with his partner asking, “Father, suppose the end of the world suddenly came and we were out there playing, what would you do? Get down on your knees and pray? The priest paused for a moment and said, “I’d go right on playing.”

What the priest is trying to say is that one should not worry about the end of the world. Worry rather whether or not you are holding on to your faith or living as a Christian should despite the harsh adversities.

According to the Scriptures, on Judgment Day we shall be judged on the question: What have you done for people in need? (please read Matthew 25:31-46). How about us? Have we enough good works to deliver us from the fires of hell?

As we end the Church’s calendar this month, it might be wise and proper to pause and do some soul-searching. Am I preoccupied only with my personal needs, caprices and pleasures? Do I have time for God, my family, and for some outreach project? Am I contributing to building Christian communities of justice, love and peace or am I the cause of pain and suffering to others?

Everything we do now has eternal consequences. Judgment will be nothing else but God’s confirmation of the choices, decisions or actions we have made in life. What we sow now, we reap later.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, when we truly respond to Your love by loving one another, then already now, in this world, we receive Your blessing. Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be Your holy name, now and for ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 13 November 2021

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LUKE 17:33 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 17:26-37)

Jakarta, 12 November 2021

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MARK 13:33 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 13:33-37)

Jakarta, 29 November 2020 [FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – YEAR B]

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WE DO NOT KNOW WHEN THE TIME WILL COME

WE DO NOT KNOW WHEN THE TIME WILL COME

(A biblical reflection on THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT [Year B] – 29 November 2020)

Gospel Reading: Mark 13:33-37

First Reading: Isaiah 63:16-17,19;64:1,3-8; Psalms: Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

The Scripture Text

“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Watch therefore – for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning – lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Watch.”(Mark 13:33-37 RSV)

The end of the world is known only to God. It is His secret. He has not told us for some very good reason. But we do know that the end of this world for each one of us is at the moment of her/his death. When I breathe my last I shall have ended my stay in this world. I shall enter the new future world which I know exists. However, the knowledge of the moment is also hidden from me, and again for very good reasons. If many Christians knew the day and hour of their death, they would postpone their conversion until that last moment. This, of course, would be extreme foolishness, but the world is full of folly. What guarantee have such “unfaithful servants” that they will be given the grace of conversion at that last moment? What reward could such a selfish servant expect of the good Lord? There have been death-bed conversions – the good thief of the cross is an example – but such converts di not willingly postpone their conversion.

The moment of our death is kept secret from us so that the naturally lazy and dilatory amongst us will see the need for being ever on the alert. When we realize what God the Father and Christ have done for us we should feel ashamed at our lack of generosity in God’s service. We are expected to serve God willingly and faithfully every moment of our lives. But God knows the clay of which we are made, hence Christ’s words of warning to all of us. Most of us do what we should out of a sense of gratitude to God, at least for our own self-interest. We all wish to get to heaven, and to do so we must be found worthy at the moment of death. That all-important moment is hidden from us and the only way to make sure of being found worthy then is to strive to be worthy always.

“Watch!” then, is Christ’s advice and command. We know not the year or the day or the hour when our master will call us. That year, day and hour will be unexpected, even if we are advanced in years or have been suffering from prolonged illness. We shall not be unprepared for it if we have tried all our lives to be faithful to Christ and to our Christian faith.

This holy season of Advent is an opportune time for each one of us to look into her/his life and see how she/he stands with God. Christmas should remind us of the second coming of Christ, which will be very soon for all of us. Let us ask today: how would I fare if I were called from this world today? Could I expect to get honors, or even a pass, in my examination? Would I meet Christ as a loving brother and Savior or as a stern judge who would be forced to condemn me? If, in all honesty, most of us would find much lacking in our preparedness, we have still time to put things right. While we are in this world, God is not a stern judge but a merciful Father. He is ever ready to welcome the prodigal son provided the prodigal returns home. Today is the day to return to God. Today is the day in which to decide our future eternal state. There may be no tomorrow.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, I want to keep watch for You! Help me to keep my eyes fixed on You so that I will be ready for Your action in my life, in the Church, and in the world! Come Lord Jesus! Amen.

Jakarta, 28 November 2020

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LUKE 21:28 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 21:20-28)

Jakarta, 26 November 2020

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MATTHEW 25:34-36 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:31-46)

Jakarta, 22 November 2020

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LUKE 17:33 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 17:26-37)

Jakarta, 13 November 2020

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LUKE 12:40 (Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 12:39-48)

Jakarta, 21 October 2020

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THE SECOND COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 21:34-36 – THIRTY-FOURTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Saturday, 1 December 2018

Jesus speaks about the suddenness of the end. The early Church expected an immediate parousia.

The doctrine of the Lord’s return has often been misinterpreted as a justification for non-involvement in efforts to care for the needy and to remedy social ills. This is not the position of the Church. We cannot sit with our hands folded waiting for Jesus to return to extirpate sin and wrongdoing. He also comes to us for an accounting.

Our goal as individual Christians and as a Church is to prepare the way for the Lord’s return. We are to turn people to the Lord, expose them to the life-giving sacramental waters and plant the seed of the Word deep into their hearts.

The Church’s role is not to pretend to be the new Jerusalem of God’s final act of creation. Our purpose as a Church and a parish is to prepare people for whom and to whom the Lord will return. In every dark night, our role is to point to the coming morning.

We are not called simply await the Second Coming. We are called to prepare for it.

Jakarta, 1 December 2018

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