19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. You also must be prepared for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come (Luke 12:32, 40),
There are many parables and stories that Jesus used and are recorded in the various gospels. Today’s text, taken from Saint Luke’s twelfth chapter, has two points that Jesus is making. (1) We must be ready, (2) but we should not be afraid; the Father is ready to give us the kingdom of heaven.
Before the Resurrection, the Apostles were afraid much of the time. There were storms on the sea; he was sleeping in the boat on the Sea of Galilea. Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Olives, and they ran away. They were very afraid when they were alone after Jesus ascended to heaven. After Pentecost, they were very courageous and eager to build the Church and the Kingdom of God. They were arrested, persecuted, and rejected.
The Apostles, the disciples, and the converts in the first century believed the parousia was imminent. Even in their own time, Evangelicals (e.g., Southern Baptists) believe the same idea. Jesus tells all who believe in him know they must be ready for the return of Jesus Christ.
Some beautiful and inspiring words from Saint Peter Julian Eymard: What is the Eucharist? It is the supreme gift of love; it is Jesus Christ putting himself who is going to be at the disposal of man until the end of the world. And this without conditions and without any defense other than his love. (A Thought for Every day, January 3).
Let Us Pray:
May the communion in your Sacrament that we have consumed, save us, O Lord, and confirm us in the light of your truth. (Prayer after Communion)
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