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Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew  24:42-51 – TWENTY-FIRST WEEK OF THE YEAR: Thursday, 30 August 2018

The real function of the second coming is found in Jesus words in today’s Gospel reading. It gives us perspective. Realization that the Master will return for a strict accounting enables us, both as a parish and as individuals, to separate the trivial from the important.

The Lord’s second coming reminds us that the Church is an interim instrument. Everything of her – dioceses, parishes, liturgy committees, personnel boards, finance committees, diocesan offices – are all intended to glorify the Lord Jesus. In the final analysis, our manner of dealing with one another is the ultimate sign of faith that we can offer the world. If the law of the jungle pervades a diocese, then why should the world listen?

The test which places things in perspective is whether our parish membership helps us to love God and our neighbor – or not.

Jakarta, 30 August 2018

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THE BRIDEGROOM! COME OUT TO MEET HIM!: 32nd ORDINARY SUNDAY [YEAR A] – Matthew 25:1-13

Jakarta, 12 November 2017

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“Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” (Luke 12:4 KJV)

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Jakarta, 21 September 2016

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THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN AND JESUS’ EXHORTATION TO BE VIGILANT: TODAY’S GOSPEL – LUKE 21:25-28,34-36

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Jakarta, 29 November 2015 [The first Sunday of Advent – Year C]

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THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN IN GLORY

THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN IN GLORY

(A biblical reflection on the FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT [Year C] – 29 November 2015) 

Gospel Reading: Luke 21:25-28,34-36 

First Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalms: Psalm 25:4-5,8-10,14; Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:12 – 4:2 

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“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 

“But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare; for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of the whole earth. But watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Luke 21:25-28,34-36 RSV)

“May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all men, as we do to you” (1 Thessalonians 3:12 RSV).

St. Luke portrayed vividly the coming of the Son of Man in glory. Even though he alluded to the terror that will be in people’s hearts at that time, Luke focused more on the majestic coming of the Son of Man (Luk 21:25-26,27). In what context are we to understand Luke’s reflections on the second coming as we begin Advent?

Even though Advent prepares us to celebrate the first coming of Christ, our attention is directed to the second coming. This is appropriate because we need to be aware of the destiny that awaits us with the second coming of Christ if we are to celebrate properly His first coming.

Whether we accept it or not, Christ’s coming in glory confronts our lives. By considering it in the coming days, we can avoid making Advent and Christmas mere exercises of sentimentality. Hopefully, we can allow the word of God in scripture to challenge and reform our lives. During this season of Advent we will encounter many men and women whose words and lives should cause us to reflect upon ourselves and our manner of living.

On this First Sunday of Advent, for example, we are helped by the words we hear to put the passage from Luke in proper perspective. Jeremiah said that in the time of Messiah Judah would be safe and Jerusalem secure and known as “the Lord our justice” because God would be present there (Jeremiah 33:16). We will be ready to meet the Lord when He comes as we embrace the prayer of the psalmist that the Lord, who is our justice, guide us in His truth and teach us that we might be just (Psalm 25:4-5,8-9). Moreover, we can pray with St. Paul that the Lord would strengthen us, make our hearts overflow with love for one another, and make us blameless and holy before God (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13).

In these ways, our hearts will be changed and we will be able to live in love and justice with each other as God so eagerly desires. Then we will be ready to meet Jesus in His second coming. We will also be able to celebrate His first coming in a way that is open to the transformed life that He came to give us.

Short Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me prepare for the coming of Your Son. I want to accept the grace that He won for me. During this season of expectation, fill my heart with Your love and my mind with Your truth. Amen.

Jakarta, 27 November 2015 

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THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE FORETOLD AND THE SIGNS OF THE END: TODAY’S GOSPEL READING – LUKE 21:5-11

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While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, He said, “All that you see here – the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

Then they asked Him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen? He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and ‘The time has come.’  Do not follow them! 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.” The He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.” (Luke 21:5-11 NAB)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we trust in Your plan that Jesus will come again in glory. Help us to remain faithful no matter what happens to us and around us. Pour out Your grace upon the world so that all people will be ready to welcome Jesus when He returns. Come, Lord Jesus.

Jakarta, 24 November 2015

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OUR FINAL END

OUR FINAL END

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Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 17:26-37 – Friday, 13 November 2015 

This is a difficult Gospel reading. The Lord refers to popular indifference about our final end similar to that of people at the time of Noah and Lot. The parables of Jesus indicate that there would be an undetermined lapse of time before His return. 

When that decisive moment comes, however, each person will be on her or his own. Where the carcasses are, there will be the vultures. Where human beings exist, even in remote sections of the planet, there will judgment occur. There is no escaping personal accountability. 

In all of these apocalyptic statements of the Lord, three levels are operative. There is reference to the destruction of Jerusalem, the end of the cosmic world and our individual end at death. The difficulty in our understanding Jesus’ assertions about the end is that the evangelists crammed all three levels together. They are difficult for us to unravel. 

Unlike the Greek gods, our God is involved in our lives. There will come a time when He will bring us to a moment of fulfillment in an historical event that signals the end of an era, or in the final end of history, or in our own death in its normal course. 

The point is, that at the “end”, we should be prepared to answer whether we have done our best in using the gifts and opportunities the Lord has given us. 

Jakarta, 13 November 2015 

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