Jesus said, “This will be your chance to tell the Good News.” (Lk 21:13)
Today’s Passage: Lk 21:12-19
Meditation: What? My God! Is it not quite embarrassing to hear today’s meditation verse against the background of knowing about the approaching troubles and tribulations? For many it is rather frightening and disappointing too. There are also some people who on hearing about such news like wars, famine, earthquakes, etc., they will just respond indifferently that it is not around us, somewhere faraway, or since it affects all, then, why should we alone bother about all these?
Just remember people’s various reactions to some news read in the news paper or watched on the TV. ‘It may happen there, but anyway not here,’ ‘it may happen in their family, not here in our family,’ will be sometimes their cool answers. These may be of crimes, killing of innocents, different abuses, social injustices, discrimination or violence against women, etc. In some of these cases, you may be tempted to keep indifferent feelings against such news; for it doesn't sometimes directly concern me or my family.
However, the next one is not something about the other places, people or families; it does affect me. Jesus says, “You will be arrested and persecuted; you will be handed over to be tried in a synagogues and be put in prison; you will be brought before kings and rulers for my sake.” (Lk 21:12) We do hope that at least this won’t be taken carelessly; rather they will be on fire. In other words, they will look for some way for their escape. But Jesus has something to say here differently at this point.
Jesus says, “This will be your chance to tell the Good News.” (Lk 21:13) Yes, this may turn to be the last chance to proclaim the Good News. When will the indifference be taken from our lives? Is it not today the best and right time to proclaim and share the joy of the gospel in and around us? Don’t be too much concerned about the end times, but about the proclamation and spread of the word of God.
For Jesus tells us, “This Good News about the Kingdom will be preached through all the world for a witness to all mankind; and then the end will come.” (Mt 24:14) Are you afraid now of the end times or your failure to proclaim the Kingdom of God?
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Help each one of us to be on alert against false teachings. O Holy Spirit, give us the courage to proclaim the word of God in and through our lives. God’s will is to save all mankind. They all should be purified before their salvation and it is your word that sanctifies them. Let your will be done and your kingdom may come. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Greetings: God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Wednesday…