Andrea Chong, Little Whispers

About Time

First Reading
DN 2:31-45

Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar:
“In your vision, O king, you saw a statue,
very large and exceedingly bright,
terrifying in appearance as it stood before you.
The head of the statue was pure gold,
its chest and arms were silver,
its belly and thighs bronze, the legs iron,
its feet partly iron and partly tile.
While you looked at the statue,
a stone which was hewn from a mountain
without a hand being put to it,
struck its iron and tile feet, breaking them in pieces.
The iron, tile, bronze, silver, and gold all crumbled at once,
fine as the chaff on the threshing floor in summer,
and the wind blew them away without leaving a trace.
But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain
and filled the whole earth.

“This was the dream;
the interpretation we shall also give in the king’s presence.
You, O king, are the king of kings;
to you the God of heaven
has given dominion and strength, power and glory;
men, wild beasts, and birds of the air, wherever they may dwell,
he has handed over to you, making you ruler over them all;
you are the head of gold.
Another kingdom shall take your place, inferior to yours,
then a third kingdom, of bronze,
which shall rule over the whole earth.
There shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron;
it shall break in pieces and subdue all these others,
just as iron breaks in pieces and crushes everything else.
The feet and toes you saw, partly of potter’s tile and partly of iron,
mean that it shall be a divided kingdom,
but yet have some of the hardness of iron.
As you saw the iron mixed with clay tile,
and the toes partly iron and partly tile,
the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.
The iron mixed with clay tile
means that they shall seal their alliances by intermarriage,
but they shall not stay united, any more than iron mixes with clay.
In the lifetime of those kings
the God of heaven will set up a kingdom
that shall never be destroyed or delivered up to another people;
rather, it shall break in pieces all these kingdoms
and put an end to them, and it shall stand forever.
That is the meaning of the stone you saw hewn from the mountain
without a hand being put to it,
which broke in pieces the tile, iron, bronze, silver, and gold.
The great God has revealed to the king what shall be in the future;
this is exactly what you dreamed, and its meaning is sure.”

Responsorial Psalm
DANIEL 3:57, 58, 59, 60, 61
R. (59b) Give glory and eternal praise to him.

“Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord,
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord,
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“You heavens, bless the Lord,
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord,
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
“All you hosts of the Lord, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.

Gospel
LK 21:5-11

While some people were speaking about
how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings,
Jesus said, “All that you see here–
the days will come when there will not be left
a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

Then they asked him,
“Teacher, when will this happen?
And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?”
He answered,
“See that you not be deceived,
for many will come in my name, saying,
‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’
Do not follow them!
When you hear of wars and insurrections,
do not be terrified; for such things must happen first,
but it will not immediately be the end.”
Then he said to them,
“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues
from place to place;
and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”


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“Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar:
“In your vision, O king, you saw a statue,
very large and exceedingly bright,
terrifying in appearance as it stood before you.” (Daniel 2:31)

REFLECTION
From the moment I laid my eyes on the First Reading, to be honest I was starting to feel myself worry about my life. I felt all my anxieties creep up inside me and I just started thinking and remembering all that I have done, and I ask myself if I am even ready for Jesus’ coming. The pressure is indeed real and I felt it growing stronger and stronger as I reached the Gospel reading. They all talked of the same thing: Judgement Day.

I can honestly say that I am not ready at all for Judgement Day; at least not yet. I am still on the pursuit of improvement and I pray deep in my heart that I reach my ultimate goal of being the best version of me by the time Judgement Day arrives. I used to think that I had all the time in the world to just mess up and start over again, but it was wrong to think so because really, we can never tell when the Day of Judgement will arrive. It was wrong for me not to be mindful of that and to be so complacent about it. My head has been so up high lately that I formed my own illusion of a reality. Maybe it was all out of fear or pride? Either way it was not a good idea to have created this illusion. It may have sustained me for a while, but the reality of Judgement Day will always come piercing through whatever illusion I have built to escape my worries.

I think that instead of trying to avoid the reality of Judgement Day, I should just face it head on. Just the same as how it goes with every other problem, avoiding it is never a good idea because it will always just remain there unfixed and unresolved.

No one may know when Jesus will return, but it’s best to be prepared for it. To make peace within ourselves and with those around us, and to bring joy into places have long been in turmoil is always a great idea. I pray that we all strive to turn love into something common and overflowing instead of something so scarce and rare.

Prayer
Father God, I bow down to You, surrendering all my fears and worries for I know that as long as I see Your Face, I am in refuge. Amen.

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