November 27, 2021

The gospel today is only three verses long, so please read it slowly at least three times. Verse 35 is directed towards anyone on the planet. Jesus is giving all of us a solemn warning. Depending on your bible’s translation, he states, “Beware… Be careful… Take heed….” Now, most of us are not carousers, but many of us Christians have the anxieties or cares of daily life.

So, what is the warning Jesus gives us? Jesus is telling us to be vigilant, which means always be on the watch. He is telling us to pray that we have the strength to escape the coming trials, so to be counted worthy to stand before the Son of Man.

Romans 14:12 states that each of us will give an account of ourselves to Jesus. Matthew 12:36 says that people will render an account for every careless word they speak on the day of judgment. 1 Peter 4:5 states the same.

Each of us is basically a good person. I am. You are. So, what’s the big deal? Well, a recent 50-year examination of conscience reminded me of the many sins and selfish acts on my part. This reminds me of why Jesus came to this earth. He brought us salvation and died for our sins.

We can only give an account of our lives before Jesus if we have repented those sins and asked him to be our Lord and Savior. Jesus paid the price for our sins so we wouldn’t have to. We go to heaven because of who Jesus is, not who we are.

Father Eymard said in November 1862, “To dwell in Jesus is to leave oneself behind, to strip oneself of self to give oneself as one gives wood to fire.”

Let Us Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for I have sinned. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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About Rick Costanza

Rick is a parishioner at Saint Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland Ohio and a member of the parish's Men's Bible Study.