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The good news for the day November 22, 2016

Tuesday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time (504)

While some people were speaking about how the temple was enriched with valuable jewelry and votive offerings, Jesus remarked, “Everything you see– the time will come when there will not be left a stone laid upon another stone all of it will become flattened.” Then people asked him, “Professor, when will this happen? What indications or warnings will there be when all these things are about to happen?”  He answered, “See that you will not be taken in! Many people will come purporting to act in my name, saying, ‘I am the one,’ and ‘The time has come!’ Do not follow them!  When you hear about wars and revolutions, do not be terrified. Such events must happen first, but it will not be the end right away.” He then added, “One country will rise against another country, and state against state. Your future will see extreme earthquakes, famines, and epidemics in many places; awesome pictures and significant changes will come from the sky. (Luke 21)

Look around you.  Daily, you see natural disasters: earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes and typhoons, as well as – right now – significant climate warming. You see and hear human disasters: train wrecks, people drowning in the Mediterranean, warfare in many countries of Africa and the near East, not to mention the violence in our own hemisphere.

Is this the end of the world? Will Jesus come on clouds of glory? Will there be a rapture they could put people into heaven?

Jesus strives to remind us that we are alive now and it is during this life to do what matters – to see beyond recurring terrifying events to study the hand of God in this world. All of these events are external. They cause deaths of human bodies, but they are irrelevant to the life that Jesus promises – the permanent life, of love, peace, caring, forgiveness, and joy.

You are alive even if dying – as He points out on the cross to the good thief.  You are Alive!–and you live in His realm! That is the Good News!

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