Jojo Jalandoni, Little Whispers

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First Reading
DN 7:2-14

In a vision I, Daniel, saw during the night,
the four winds of heaven stirred up the great sea,
from which emerged four immense beasts,
each different from the others.
The first was like a lion, but with eagle’s wings.
While I watched, the wings were plucked;
it was raised from the ground to stand on two feet
like a man, and given a human mind.
The second was like a bear; it was raised up on one side,
and among the teeth in its mouth were three tusks.
It was given the order, “Up, devour much flesh.”
After this I looked and saw another beast, like a leopard;
on its back were four wings like those of a bird,
and it had four heads.
To this beast dominion was given.
After this, in the visions of the night I saw the fourth beast,
different from all the others,
terrifying, horrible, and of extraordinary strength;
it had great iron teeth with which it devoured and crushed,
and what was left it trampled with its feet.
I was considering the ten horns it had,
when suddenly another, a little horn, sprang out of their midst,
and three of the previous horns were torn away to make room for it.
This horn had eyes like a man,
and a mouth that spoke arrogantly.
As I watched,

Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was snow bright,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
His throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.

The court was convened, and the books were opened.
I watched, then, from the first of the arrogant words
which the horn spoke, until the beast was slain
and its body thrown into the fire to be burnt up.
The other beasts, which also lost their dominion,
were granted a prolongation of life for a time and a season.
As the visions during the night continued, I saw

One like a son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
He received dominion, glory, and kingship;
nations and peoples of every language serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Responsorial Psalm
DANIEL 3:75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81

R.Give glory and eternal praise to him!
“Mountains and hills, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
“Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
“You springs, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
“Seas and rivers, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
“You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
“All you birds of the air, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!
“All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.”
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him!

Gospel
LK 21:29-33

Jesus told his disciples a parable.
“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
in the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near.
Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.”


end

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will not pass away.” (Luke 22:33)

REFLECTION

The readings are the 2nd to the last for this liturgical year. Scary and distressing illustrations of what to expect before the end times are enumerated. Wars, violence, corruption, poverty, climate change, broken relationships in the family, and what have you are cited as examples. And everyone will experience in one form or another these challenges.

Our response is key. How open, trusting and obedient we are of God’s ways will determine how receptive we are to His blessings. Do we easily become disheartened, disappointed and discouraged as we go through our daily challenges in life? Or do we continue to pray, go to mass regularly, exercise the Sacraments despite the situation we find ourselves in – surrendering to God all our trials and troubles?

But the Lord, in His infinite love for all of us, continues to teach us to keep the faith, obey His Word, and persevere with patient endurance.  He asks us to keep our eyes on Him and on Him alone, guided by His Word – which does not return to Him void. He wants us to be open and sensitive to the enabling gifts and fruit of His Holy Spirit for this is the only we may be able to hurdle our tests and challenges in life.

Thus, it can be said that the Lord continues to remind us that no matter what happens, His promise to redeem us through and by His Word will come to pass because He cannot deny Himself.

Prayer
Lord, Your word says… Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will not pass away! You also have given us dominion over all Your creation. By these assurances, we now use Your Words to expel anything and everything that hinders us from knowing, serving and loving You. Cause us to stand firm and persevere in our faith, hope and love of You. Amen.

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Jojo Jalandoni (jojojalandoni@yahoo.com)

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