BE AWAKE, WAITING FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (03 September 2019 – Memorial of St. Gregory the Great)

📖1 Thess 5:1-6, 9-11; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 (R.v.13); Luke 4:31-37

🎤BE AWAKE, WAITING FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD

I welcome you in the name of Christ to this beautiful new day, the day of the Lord. And I pray that it may bring joy and peace to you and your family through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Providentially, today, we reflect on the Day of the Lord. With a modern and Christian eye, we can picture the Christmas as a Day of the Lord. With an eschatological eye, we can look towards the end of the year. These two periods – Christmas and end of the year – are already very close to us.

Note that for the Jews, the Day of the Lord is a day of liberation from their enemies and restoration of their peace and security. But it is also a day for the destruction of the wicked (cf. Isa 2:12; Amos 5:18-20; Joel 2:1-11, 32).

St. Paul encourages us today to be awake like the sons of light and of the day so that we would not be destroyed with the sons of darkness (cf. 1 Thess 5:1-11). We can see an evidence of that destruction in Luke 4:31-37 – the presence of Jesus caused confusion and fear in the kingdom of darkness.

What are your plans in preparation for that day of the Lord? Are you going to get involved in all kinds of evil in order to make ends meet for the Christmas season? Do not forget that none of us is sure of being part of the Christmas or reaching the end of the year. But we are sure that we must die one day – a day we do not know. Are we preparing for it?

St. Gregory the Great whose memorial we celebrate today was a pope who devoted so much time and resources in building the Church and strengthening it. He was deeply involved in the spiritual and liturgical reforms especially in the area of sacred music. He did all with a focus on eternal life.

May God give us the grace to live uprightly at all times so that the Day of the Lord would be a day joy and peace for us through the same Christ our Lord. Amen

Have a blessed day ahead. Peace be with you.

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