Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 21, 25-28. 34-36
Jesus said to his disciples:
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.
“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 like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be 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.”
There will be signs
1) Anxiety. It is something that will surely appear in the course of your life, but it is something that we must fight because anguish appears and squeezes our chest and leads us to feel we are drowning. In the Gospel, we are presented with a vicious triangle: anguish, fear and anxiety. When that triangle appears in our lives, it may lead us to spiritual death. Anxiety is due to accumulation of things that you cannot solve or leave aside which leads to fear and panic. Of course, you will also feel anxiety because you will want everything to be solved immediately. Today, God invites you to take care of your life and to see if these negative feelings haunt your heart.
2) Liberation. We are called to be free in life. During this year, you may have tied yourself to many things or people. Today, you are invited to break free and live in freedom, because God wants you to be a person who walks along life with your head held high with dignity, and you are free knowing that you are the person who directs your life.
3) Standing. Our hope as Christians is that we know that Christ will come a second time. He is our hope, and he brings us peace, a unique peace that encourages us and fills us with his love. At the beginning of Advent, Jesus proposes that you remember that He is our hope and that He leads you to that virtuous circle that is faith, hope, and charity.
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And don’t forget, Heaven is our goal.