Tuesday of the 34th week in ordinary time year A

Daniel 2: 31-45       Luke 21: 5-11

Theme: Be careful

In the gospel reading from St. Luke, Jesus warns us to be mindful of the people we follow in the name of God. This stems from the fact that there will be a lot of false prophets who will come forward with messages and claim they are from God. We are all admonished today to be mindful of such people and the message they bring to us. All the assertions presented to us in today’s gospel reading, is already happening in our own time. That is why we must be calm and follow the directives given to us in the gospel by Jesus Christ himself. This is very important because some people are already falling as prey to these false prophets, and they are using the opportunity to exploit the people for their selfish reasons. Let us be mindful of all these things and be careful about all the different messages that are found in public space. Sometimes we are manipulated by these people because they sense our desperation, and they use it to exploit us.

The church in her wisdom is raising our consciousness towards the end time, as we go through the last week of the liturgical year. The information presented to us in the gospel reading, is for us to evaluate our lifestyle and make amends were necessary, not for us to be afraid of what is to happen. Let us make honest and sincere effort to live our lives according to the word of God, and there will be no need for us to fear and be anxious about the happenings of the end time. We are already privileged people, because Jesus Christ himself have prepared us for what is coming, it is for us to follow his directives and there will be no need for us to be scared, especially when we have lived our lives like the true children of God that we are called to be.

Dear friends in Christ, as we move towards the beginning of another liturgical year, we are all encouraged to make amends where necessary in our lives and embrace a way of life that is good and pleasing in the sight of God. This is because the more we align with the ways of God, the less anxious we will be about the end time. Then we can courageously speak like St. Paul who said, “I have fought a good fight, I have run a good race, and I am now waiting to be crowned with the crown of unfading glory”. It is only a faithful disciple who can courageously speak the way Paul has done. Let this be an invitation to you today as a child of God, as we prepare to begin a new liturgical year. May the Lord continue to strengthen our faith, in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Tuesday of the 34th week in ordinary time year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp