Daily Reflection – Nov 28, 2015
Saturday 28 November 2015
First Reading: Daniel 7:15-27
Give glory and eternal praise to him
Gospel Reading: Luke 21:34-36
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.”
‘Stay awake, and pray at all times for the strength to survive.’
In Daniel the dire warnings that could cause fear and regrets are answered by his summing up that the saints of God belong to an everlasting kingdom which is above all other worldly kingdoms. Jesus also tells of the destruction of both Jerusalem and of the end times for which all must be prepared. Then we will be able ‘to stand with confidence’ before him.
It gives us comfort to know that God is truly present to us in this life. To live in God’s presence means that we are released from any regrets of the past or fear of the future which could cloud the intimacy we could enjoy right now. It has been called ‘the sacrament of the present moment’, as we live in the sure knowledge of God’s everlasting support and overwhelming love in every moment of our lives.