Beware

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”
(Luke 21:34-36)

Scripture Study

21:34 the anxieties of daily life Reminiscent of the seed sown among the thorns in the parable of the sower (Luke 8:14).

21:35 that day will assault everyone Indicates the universality of judgment.

21:36 to stand before the Son of Man Refers to being judged by Him (see Rev 20:11–15).

Scripture Reflection

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life” Lk 21:34

How easy is it to be captured by the everyday worry of life? I am not certain if others have been affected by this crazy malady, but I can find myself heading out to the store still noodling over some issue or event that took place earlier in the day, and suddenly realize that I am actually driving to the office and not the store!

Mary Marrocco, writing in Living Faith, noted that this commandment is one of the harder ones Jesus presents to us. Namely, to take care of our hearts. The demands and anxieties of our daily life, which can be many, often distract us from taking care of our hearts. We may not always realize that we’re neglecting our heart, especially if we aren’t exactly carousing or getting drunk.

Mary goes on to say that we can become so focused on our anxieties and cares that we can miss the simple things in life, like a beautiful sunrise. In worrying ourselves, we are actually taking on a role that the Lord wants to take on for us: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28). When we learn to turn our cares over to him, our hearts will be lightened and we will remember how great is his care for us.

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.

My Words Will Not Pass Away

Jesus told his disciples a parable.
“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
in the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near.
Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.”
(Luke 21:29-33)

Scripture Study

21:29–33 Jesus delivers a parable about a fig tree, encouraging His disciples to discern the signs of the times. Compare Matt 24:32–36; Mark 13:28–32.

21:31 when you see these things happening Refers to the events Jesus describes in vv. 8–28—especially the final signs before His second coming (vv. 25–28). the kingdom of God The culmination of apocalyptic events is the arrival of the Son of Man—Jesus—in power and glory (v. 27) and the full establishment of God’s reign.

21:32 this generation Jesus seems to be referring to the present age of humanity (before God’s rule is fully established). The context of Jesus’ remarks is the final judgment (Mark 13:26–27), which will occur at a time known only to the Father (v. 32). This seems to rule out the possibility that Jesus is referring only to the generation of people in His day.

21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away Compare Rev 21:1–8.

Scripture Reflection

Friends, in today’s Gospel passage Jesus speaks of the time when the plan of God will be fulfilled. Some philosophies defend a circular or cyclical understanding of time. They hold that time just continually circles back on itself, repeating like the cycles of the seasons. The modern philosopher Nietzsche spoke of the “eternal return of the same.” That’s a mythic consciousness, and it can be found all over the world.

But the Jews had a very different sense of time, what we might call “linear.” They felt that time was moving somewhere, that it had, under God’s direction, a purpose. The past was not simply there to be repeated endlessly; rather, the past was a preparation for a definitive future. It was an anticipation of what God would do, what God was going to accomplish.

– Bishop Robert Barron

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.