First Reading: Revelation 20:1-4, 11-21:2
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 84
Gospel: Luke 21:29-33
It seems that in our world, nothing is everlasting. Throughout history, nations and dynasties have risen and fallen, fads come and go like the wind; and no matter how new your technology is, something newer, better, and smaller has just come out making your product obsolete. Even in our lives many things come and go, experiences, possessions, etc. Most things in this world seem only destined for a memory or a place in the history book. These things that pass away, like all things, will not go with us into the next life. In today's gospel, we are given a lot of hope however; in this world where nothing lasts forever, we are given the hope of an everlasting promise. That is the promise in the word of God, in our Savior Jesus Christ.
We are told in today's gospel that although heaven and earth will pass away, the word of Christ will not pass away. In Christ all things are made new, and one day (with His help) we will hopefully be blessed enough to see the new Jerusalem and the new Heaven that come down as a great gift of God. May we always strive and persevere in this life so as to seek first the kingdom of God. I pray that each of us be granted the strength and courage to lose our lives to Christ ... thereby saving our lives.
Father above, we thank you for the gift of this day. We praise you and give you glory for our lives and all that you bless us with. Lord God, help us to serve you without wavering, and to keep straight on the path which you set before us Lord. Lord, we pray for all those in this life who turn their backs away from you, may their hearts be softened and may they one day turn to you in repentance. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.