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Thursday, October 29, 2020

REACHING THE GOAL


 

REACHING THE GOAL

Last year, the iconic symbol of Christian culture and civilization, and a towering representation of the faith of the Church’s firstborn daughter, France, caught fire. Notre Dame Cathedral was in danger of being totally engulfed by flames and razed to the ground. Thankfully, it has withstood the ravages of fire and although damage to the roof, attic, and spire was massive, it remains standing to this day.

The usual hordes of anti-Christians and anti-Catholics were in apparent jubilation. The untold number of faithful and loyal believers, some of whom stood vigil praying and singing songs, saw not plain and simple destruction. But, on account of the same faith, they saw more—much more than flames eating up the roof and attic of the representation of their faith, as well as centuries and centuries of Christian culture and civilization.

They saw a rousing wake-up call to faith—faith that was being eaten up by the far worse flames of secularism and materialism that now threaten the spiritual edifice of faith, and a culture elevated by the best that humanity can ever hope to aspire for, and the loftiness of grace from above.

In the Gospel story today, all of a sudden, some Pharisees appear to be concerned for the Lord: “Leave this place. Herod seeks to kill you.” Of course, the rest of the Gospel reports do not support that seeming change of heart, for Pharisees always represented those who were always against the prophets and Jesus. It was definitely not a caring statement but one of utter rejection.

The whole educated world mourned the unexpected massive damages to Notre Dame, including non-Christians. They understood that the temple stood not just for Christian faith but the best of European—and human—culture.

But for the man or woman of faith, the sad event spoke about the same rejection that the liberal post-modern, post-Christian, and materialistic world had been very busy building as an edifice to godlessness and faithlessness.

Today, in the face of rejection, the Lord speaks about how “on the third day,” He would “reach His goal.” What is our response to this? Fr. Chito Dimaranan, SDB

---------- REFLECTION QUESTIONS ----------

How do you handle rejection? Does it stop you from pursuing your goal?

Grant me Your grace, O Lord, to be faithful to You even as the whole world rejects You. Amen.

Today, I pray for: ___________________________

Daily Bible Reading - October 29, 2020

 


1st READING

Today’s reading inspires us to take up arms like a Christian warrior in a battle for salvation. Do not let humanity’s enemy defeat you. The devil is tireless in drawing us under sin and deceit. Let us use the weapons God has given us to prevail against him.

Ephesians 6:10-20

10 Brothers and sisters: Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. 11 Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. 13 Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. 14 So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, 15 and your feet shod in readiness for the Gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones 19 and also for me, that speech may be given me to open my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, so that I may have the courage to speak as I must. 

PSALM

Psalm 144:1, 2, 9-10

R: Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war. (R) My mercy and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, my shield, in whom I trust, who subdues peoples under me. (R) O God, I will sing a new song to you; with a ten-stringed lyre I will chant your praise, 10 you who give victory to kings, and deliver David, your servant, from the evil sword. (R)

GOSPEL

Jesus is not afraid of Herod because He completely trusts in the will of the Father. He knows that if He is faithful, then all will be well. Sin may win initial battles, but faith in God will prevail in the end. Jesus rose from the dead and has defeated the devil.

Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Luke 13:31-35

31 Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.” 32 He replied, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose. 33 Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day, for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.’ 34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling! 35 Behold, your house will be abandoned. But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Reflect: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4

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T O D A Y’S BLESSING LIST 

thank You, Lord, for: 

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