Message of the Week

Reflections from the November 29 Gospel

Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
Jesus instructs his disciples to take a posture of confidence in the midst of a terribly disturbing situation. Describing his second coming, Jesus says that on seeing this event unfold, “People will die of fright.” And yet the disciples are supposed to be pillars of strength. While others cower in fear, the Lord’s followers are somehow immune, with heads raised high. Why? Well, presumably, because those who follow Christ have nothing to fear. On the contrary, when they have to “stand before the Son of Man,” it will be a happy occasion. But here’s the catch: if we want to be counted among this confident crew, there are a few things for us to do.
First, we have to make sure that our “hearts do not become drowsy.” Advent is an ideal time to examine our lives to determine what activities, priorities, or pastimes might be putting our hearts to sleep. Secondly, we need to pray. We need to ask Jesus himself for “the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” We can’t do it alone. But with Christ’s help, we can be true, fearless disciples.

Questions of the Week

Luke 21:25-28, 34-36:
How do you continue to renew your
faith and hope in the return of Christ?
Jeremiah 33:14-16:
How do you see the birth and return of Christ fulfilling Jeremiah’s prophecy?
1 Thessalonians 3:12—4:2:
What is your prayer for your faith community as we begin the season of Advent?