The Proclamation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke
 And some saying of the temple, that it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said:
 These things which you see, the days will come in which there shall not be left a stone upon a stone that shall not be thrown down.  And they asked him, saying: Master, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when they shall begin to come to pass?  Who said: Take heed you be not seduced; for many will come in my name, saying, I am he; and the time is at hand: go ye not therefore after them.  And when you shall hear of wars and seditions, be not terrified: these things must first come to pass; but the end is not yet presently.  Then he said to them: Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
 And there shall be great earthquakes in divers places, and pestilences, and famines, and terrors from heaven; and there shall be great signs.The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
MEDITATION: In the first reading of this Tuesday (Daniel 2:31-45), we are told that King Nebuchadnezzar had a vision of a statue made up of different elements of precious things and was struck by a stone that became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
We can deduce that in this reading, it tells us the reign of the pagan kingdoms that will bloom after the kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar, and the destruction of these kingdoms when the Kingdom of God came to destroy them. The Kingdom that God set up shall never be destroyed or delivered up to another people; This Kingdom of God will destroy to pieces these kingdoms and put an end to them, and this Kingdom of God will stand forever.
In the Gospel, the Temple or the Church of God was said by Jesus Christ that this will be destroyed also. This may be confusing. In the Book of Daniel, it says that the Kingdom of God will stand forever and it will never be destroyed. But in the Gospel, Jesus Christ said that the stones that made the Temple will all be thrown down.
Jesus Christ is referring to the members of His Church that fail to become worthy stones that also included in the Mystical Body of Christ. Yes, the Kingdom of God will never be destroyed and it will stand forever, but, in God’s Kingdom, there are people who were under the King Jesus’ command and laws that they do not observe nor obey. These people are just happy to be belonged to God’s Kingdom but they do not work for the King or for the sake of the King’s Kingdom. Or, if they are working, they do not do their very best with persistence and perseverance where in the end, they grow cold; they maybe in the middle of cold and hot or in other words, lukewarm. And you know what happens to these people when they are like that and, to see what will happen to them, go to Revelations 3:16. These people are just good and seem holy on the outside but full of dirt on the inside.
In the Book of Daniel, we can also reason out that these kingdoms are the reigning ones that had a great influence upon the earth. The kingdom of gold maybe likened to the philosophy that first reigned in the world, especially the pagan world. The kingdom of silver is the time of the vast accumulation of power by many who goes to and fro to take lands and everything. The Kingdom of bronze is the Theology that will spread like fire throughout the earth where the Word of God will be proclaimed that will satisfy the hunger of the people whose stomach is empty of the Truth and what is Divine, and these people of Theology will teach them how to deal with this God and His Truth. The fourth reigning influence is the Catholic Church who, like iron, will break the former influences into divisions where these must be governed and cared prudently according to the Truth and must be in accordance to the Truth. Then the Catholic Church will be divided into Truth and the other to error and heresy, “but yet have some of the hardness of iron” and that is the Truth. The Catholic Church may have parts where it is strong and the other part is fragile. This may mean the Traditionalists and the fragile part, the Modernists. They may be together in their respective walks of life most especially on the Catholic Church where they established peace and love between them but they will not stay united for their respective viewpoints will never be united together just like iron and clay. In the Second Coming of God, He will put an end to all of these, dividing the good and the bad, and God’s Kingdom will never be destroyed and will stand forever.
And there will be terrible happenings in the world but Jesus Christ warns us that we must be vigilant for there are many that will come in the name of the Lord and will lead many astray by deception. These terrible happenings must happen first but it will not be immediately the end.
Here are some points to consider:
1 We must not just be righteous on the outside but also and most importantly, on the inside.
2. Keep the fire burning in you until the day of the coming of the Lord.
3. Be always vigilant especially against false messiahs and false prophets that will take you away from the Catholic Church.
4. Be like an iron of Truth and not clay of error and heresy.
5. Proclaim to yourself that you will become a saint of God that you will serve the King and His Kingdom.
“Jesus, I trust in You.” “O Mary conceive without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
To the greater glory of God!
Mary H. Distributist