34th Week in Ord.
Time, Tuesday – 24th November 2020 — Gospel: Lk 21,5-11
Abiding Assurance of Father’s Love
To his list of occurrences that precede the
end of the world, Jesus names a long list of problems that sound all too
familiar to us: earthquakes, famines, and plagues, wars, and the overthrow of
what seems so powerful. There is nothing particularly specific about Jesus’
predictions here. We will misread 21,7-11 if we think Jesus is describing a
specific set of calamities. Every age has its own false prophets, wars, natural
catastrophes, and so on. However, his council in the face of this upheaval is
brief: “Do not be terrified.” The believers should keep their trust in God even
when facing the most challenging of circumstances. When the existing state of
affairs seems to be deteriorating and conflict is sweeping peace way; when
disaster and rumor are headlines, how are we not to fear? Heeding Jesus command
requires discipline, practice, self-control, and especially, a deep, abiding assurance
of the Father’s love. In the midst of these dreadful events, the disciples
should not be terrified and think that they indicate the end of the world.
Instead, we should trust that God remains present in our lives.
34th Week in Ord.
Time, Monday – 23rd November 2020 — Gospel: Lk 21,1-4
Offer not Gifts, but Oneself
Jesus brings to notice the offering made by
the poor widow. He compares her offering to be greater than the offering made
by the rich people. She gives from all that she has unlike the rich who have
enough and surplus to offer. The rich contributed gifts, the poor widow
contributed herself. The core aspect is the attitude of offering. When we give
from what little we have, we experience great happiness. Jesus indicates that
generosity is not quantifiable. It does not count how much and how big you give,
but it counts how and what you give. The poor widow gives a perfect example of detachment
and total reliance on the divine providence of God. Her undying trust in God
shows her relationship with God as the number one priority in her life. She has
been willing to give all she has on which to live, because she believes that
God will take care of her. She was cheerful when she made the offering. She
teaches that our possessions and those, which in some way we have made our own,
are not for us. We have them so that we might give them, and we should give
them back to God, for they are his. We give them to others as an expression of
our love for God. Our attitude of generosity is not measured by the size of our
pockets but by what comes from our heart.