Readings for Tuesday November 24, 2009
Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs
First Reading: Daniel 2:31-45
Responsorial Psalm: Daniel 3:57
Gospel: Luke 21:5-11
While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here – the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.” (Lk 21:5-6)
When it comes to things of this world, they all cannot past one simple test ... the test of time. It doesn't matter what it is, everything has a point where it eventually comes to an end. Nothing on this earth lasts forever, and this certainly includes us. But we do try to act like we can make things last forever. A great example is our youth. How much money is spent on anti-wrinkle creams, hair dying products, facial scrubs, weight loss pills, etc; all in the effort to keep a youthful appearance. Now, I am not saying that there is anything wrong with using these products, but it is a good illustration of how we are always trying to hold on to things. And it is certainly not just things of our own body that we are concerned with, there are many things that we cling to like they will last forever. Some people cling to cars, houses, and other material things. Some people cling to people and relationships. The truth is that none of these things will last forever, and while it is okay to enjoy these things while we are here on earth, we must understand that there is much more in store for us at the end of time.
In today's gospel, Jesus tells the people that even the temple will not last forever, and even the sacred temple will be destroyed. Jesus tells the people that not one stone will be left upon another and that all will be thrown down. Jesus shows the people that all earthly things are not meant to last. This is the same message that we get from the first reading in the book of Daniel today. When Daniel was interpreting the king's dream, he showed how each of the kingdoms of the earth will come to an end and that they will be replaced by a heavenly kingdom that is of God. We of course know this to be the kingdom that Jesus would establish. But it is clear from the readings today that the things of this earth will one day come to an end, and will be replaced with the good things of God.
The intent of this blog post is certainly not to depress anybody, but rather to get us thinking with an eternal perspective. It is okay to realize that nothing on this earth will last, because there is something more and much better in store for us. May we all thank and praise the God above for preparing a place for each of us in His eternal kingdom!
Father above, we thank you and praise you for the gift of this day. Lord, we know that you are our King and our Lord, help us to serve you as we are each called to. Lord, help us to surrender to you each moment of each day, so that we can do your will in this life. Lord, you alone are our God and we are your people. We pray for all of our brothers and sisters who have fallen away from their faith, may they come back home and into your arms. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.