Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Daniel 7:15-27, Psalm (Daniel 3:82, 83,84,85, 86, 87), & Luke 21:34-36
Today is the last day of the last week of the liturgical year, and the readings reflect this "last day" attitude. Our first reading looks at how God's holy ones will survive the violence and the chaos of the end times, while the Gospel narrative seems to say that the end times are here at every moment. In this context, a question is how we can see ourselves as living this moment as our last and still be present to it as this moment. For example, how do I let my fear become joy, my worries over my worth be only gratitude and openness, or the concern about my future turn into trust in the Lord?
I suspect that it is as simple as the empty open hand of poverty. In the absolute poverty of our world, we open our hands to receive our salaries, gifts, even our "daily bread." However, in a more religious sense, do we also extend our hands to give, let go, and empty them so that we can receive what the Lord wishes to place in our hands next? Are we free enough not only with what we have but also with who we are to continue to receive ourselves anew from our Father in heaven?
Friends, this might not be easy to understand, but it is beautifully simple to learn to do. It amounts to continually emptying ourselves, not in denial yet instead in an eager generosity to share what God has given us. It is trusting God absolutely to provide what is right for us and others in the chaos of this world. It is an avoidance of "becoming bloated with indulgence and drunkenness and worldly cares," We must turn to the Gospel and get down to the heart of our lives. It is the joy and hope of being empty so God's "Advent" will fill our lives.
Question of the Day: How do you plan to survive in the moment, yet protect the future of your immortal soul?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, take away from me anything that hinders my spiritual growth. Amen.