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TUESDAY OF THE TWENTY-SECOND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, AUGUST 31, 2021



A a reading from St. Paul 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11


Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters, you have no need for anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. When people are saying, “Peace and security,” then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober. For God did not destine us for wrath, but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with him. Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.


REFLECTION:

For God did not destine us for wrath,

but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep

we may live together with him.


There is a popular saying: "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans." Some people will take this phrase as an excuse for never planning anything. Never risking doing something that might fall apart.


For many of us living in the "First World", we live a life of extreme comfort and security. We never see abject poverty, and a bad day might be when we cannot connect to a "decent" wi-fi signal.


We know that historically, empires crumble, and civilizations fall. So we really need to stay alert of the societal changes we are going through.


As St. Paul exalted the Thessalonians almost two thousand years ago, we are children of the light. We need to stay alert and be sober. "But since we are of the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet that is hope for salvation" ( 1 Thes 5:8).


St. Paul is exhorting us to cultivate the theological virtues of Faith, Love, and Hope, so we can endure the evils in life.


Many times we want to do things "ourselves", or by "our own merit". We must remember that we need God, the Holy Spirit, to guide us.


Further down this reading we are told: "...our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with him". (1 Thes 5:10).


Do we have to wait for the parousia to live with Him?


How about inviting Jesus to come into our hearts? To live in that little altar we have built for Him inside our hearts?


Let us pray the Breathing Jesus prayer, and ask Him to fill our hearts. To give us His heart:

inhale - JEE

exhale - SUS


Do this throughout the day, so we can live with Him always.


God bless y'all!

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