November 26, 2016 (Saturday)

Blessed James Alberione

Saturday of the 34th Week   

Rv 22:1-7 • Ps 95

Lk 21:34-36



Jesus said to his disciples: 34“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 35like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. 36Be 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.”




Vigilance is part of Christian life. In his discourse on the end-time, Jesus exhorts his disciples to be always vigilant. He likens the coming of the Son of Man to falling into a trap. You never know where it is and when you will step on it. It has an element of surprise. Some translations use snare that can be treacherous. It lures you, and when you are near and touch it, you get caught and entangled. There is no way of getting out of it.

Have you experienced falling into a trap, even if only a small one? We learn from news reports about persons falling into manholes and homes swallowed by sinkholes.

In the Gospel, Jesus presents the opposite of vigilance as being carefree. We cannot be prepared for the coming of the Lord if we are always seeking the pleasures of the flesh, getting drunk, distorting our senses, and getting drowned in many concerns.

Christians, says Jesus, must be on the lookout for God’s signs and pray. Vigilance and prayer give us the strength to escape the coming tribulations and disturbances and to stand before Jesus as judge.

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