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Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (26th November, 2016) on the Gospel
(BVM on Saturday, Opt Mem)

 
Rev 22:1-7;
Ps 94:1-7. (R. 1Cor 16:22; Rev 22:20);
Lk 21:34-36.
Topic: Be alert at all times (Lk 21:36).
As the liturgical year ends today, Jesus admonishes us:
Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap....Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place...
We are grateful to God that we are alive to see the end of this liturgical year. Many died during the course of this year. To Him be glory for ever – Amen.
As we thank Him for this rare opportunity, it is important to check if we get anything out of this year. How many sins were you able to overcome this year? Are you as you were at the beginning of the year or most regrettably worse?
God expects us to offer Him a broken and contrite heart today, cf. Ps 51:17; 95:7-8. We must be very careful of the deceitfulness of sin, cf. Heb 3:13. Saint Paul rightly tells us that the sting of death is sin and the wages of sin is death, cf. 1Cor 15:56; Rom 6:23.
Finally, one must be either the slave of sin, which leads to death or of obedience, which leads to righteousness, cf. Rom 6:16. When the Son of Man will send his angels to gather out of His kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers (Matt 13:41), hope you will not be among them?
Bible Reading: Eph 5:3-20; Rom 6:1-23.
Thought for today: ...the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23).
Let us pray: May God give us the grace to be always alert – Amen.

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