11th November (English)

Publié le 10 Novembre 2016

Scripture:  

Luke 17:26-37

 

26 As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of man.  27 They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed  them all. 28 Likewise as it was in the days of Lot -- they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built, 29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom fire and sulphur rained from heaven and destroyed them all -- 30 so will it be on the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 On that day, let him who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away; and likewise let him who is in the field not turn back. 32 Remember Lot's wife. 33 Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 There will be two women grinding together; one will be taken and the other left." 37 And they said to him, "Where, Lord?" He said to them, "Where the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together."

 

The contemplation

 

We are continuing the contemplation on the Kingdom of God and the opportune time of its arrival. All that I have shared yesterday still remains valid for today. I would like to add one single point that the salvation is not universal or communitarian, though our faith is universal and communitarian with the personal engagement. We are living our life in the society which hides easily its own identity. All these hidden identity will be destroyed on the final day.

Jesus is asking each and every one us to be always prepared for this event without fear and anguish. All that is demanded from us is conversion and reconciliation. Once our life is rooted in Christ and fully coherent to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, then there is no need of fear or incertitude. In Christ our life will find its fullness and the joy.

 

Daily Quote from the early church fathers

Those working in the field are sowing the Word of God, by Ambrose of Milan, 339-397 A.D.

"'He that will be on the housetop, do not let him go down. He that will be in the field, do not let him turn back.' How may I understand what is the field unless Jesus himself teaches me? He says, 'No one putting his hand to the plough (plow) and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God' (Luke 9:62). The lazy person sits in the farmhouse, but the industrious person plants in the field. The weak are at the fireplace, but the strong are at the plough. The smell of a field is good, because the smell of Jacob is the smell of a full field (Genesis 27:27). A field is full of flowers. It is full of different fruits. Plough your field if you want to be sent to the kingdom of God. Let your field flower, fruitful with good rewards. Let there be a fruitful vine on the sides of your house and young olive plants around your table (Psalm 127:3). Already aware of its fertility, let your soul, sown with the Word of God and tilled by spiritual farming, say to Christ, 'Come, my brother, let us go out into the field' (Song of Solomon 7:11). Let him reply, 'I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride. I have gathered my vintage of myrrh'  (Song of Solomon 5:1). What is better than the vintage of faith, by which the fruit of the resurrection is stored and the spring of eternal rejoicing is watered?" (excerpt from  EXPOSITION OF THE GOSPEL OF LUKE 8.43.27)

 

 

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