Faith Daily | 24 November 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p605
Stir up, we pray you, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people,
that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,
may by you be plenteously rewarded;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 21: 20-28
20 “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those inside the city must leave it, and those out in the country must not enter it; 22 for these are days of vengeance, as a fulfillment of all that is written. 23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress on the earth and wrath against this people; 24 they will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken away as captives among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
25 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
GOSPEL REFLECTION: Allan Bell
Today disasters are big news. At times it seems they are all that is happening in the world. An earthquake, mass shooting, famine, war in Ukraine, floods, Covid and climate change have recently dominated the headlines. It is easy to be overwhelmed by media coverage of major crises. Many of these deserve our attention and we can feel helpless particularly when they are on the other side of the world. We should not, however, forget that God is with us all the time and He is capable of helping us to overcome our difficulties and the difficulties of others.
For those around Jesus when he preached this Gospel message, the predicted fall of Jerusalem would have been shocking. Their lives and world were threatened by this prediction. They are warned to flee because the city walls cannot protect them from the desolation.
This foretelling of the fall of Jerusalem, which occurred in 70 AD, is followed by a wider prediction of distress amongst the nations including natural chaos of which many people will be afraid. Out of this chaos, at the end times, will come the Son of Man to redeem the faithful. Rather than being afraid we should be ready for His coming, accept God with confidence and believe in Him because His coming and our redemption are great blessings.
Our Father in heaven, we thank you for another beautiful day. We thank you for your word. We pray for those who are afraid, those who are in pain or suffering. We thank you for blessings that we have received and are to receive.