Read Rev. 18:1-2,21-23,19:1-3,9, Ps. 100:2-5, Luke 21:20-28

“Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28)

Both our first reading and our Gospel passage today begin in a sad and tense mood. They both speak of destruction, punishment, and calamity, but surprisingly both of them ended in very joyful and hopeful tones. John concludes by saying: “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” While Jesus ends by saying: “Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads because your redemption is drawing near.”

Of course, there would be great distress upon the earth. Many shall fall by sword and great signs shall appear in heaven and on earth. Surely, we all shall face judgment one day. Babylon (which signifies the great evils in this world) shall be thrown down and avenged.  But then, the message for us today is that in the midst of all these terrifying events that shall mark the end of time, there is no need for us to be afraid or go into panic attacks.

As our people would say: “A clear conscience fears no accusation.” No matter what would become of this world, those who continue to live in the light of Christ will surely be rewarded. Let us not be overcome by the pervasive evil around us. If you cannot beat them, don’t join them. Continue to raise your heads high in virtue and never give in to sin because your redemption is close at hand.

Right now, it may seem as if evil people are succeeding and there is nothing left for the virtuous. Some time ago, a young man asked me if it is possible to become rich in this country without getting into some sinful act in one way or another. He was so convinced that the hardship of the economy today leaves no room for the success of the righteous. Today’s readings answer his question. Judgment day is real. Those who seem to be succeeding today through evil means will surely face God’s vengeance one day.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, may I endure to the very end. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Saints Andrew Dũng-Lạc and his Companions, Martyrs. Bible Study: Rev. 18:1-2,21-23,19:1-3,9, Ps. 100:2-5, Luke 21:20-28)

© Rev. Fr. Evaristus Abu