The Proclamation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke
 And when you shall see Jerusalem compassed about with an army; then know that the desolation thereof is at hand.
 Then let those who are in Judea, flee to the mountains; and those who are in the midst thereof, depart out: and those who are in the countries, not enter into it.  For these are the days of vengeance, that all things may be fulfilled, that are written.  But woe to them that are with child, and give suck in those days; for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword; and shall be led away captives into all nations; and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles; till the times of the nations be fulfilled.  And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves;
 Men withering away for fear, and expectation of what shall come upon the whole world. For the powers of heaven shall be moved;  And then they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud, with great power and majesty.  But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand.The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
MEDITATION: The Gospel is really frightening indeed for it is as it is. Jesus Christ tells us that if we see the Holy City surrounded by armies, we must know that the desolation or abandonment of it is at hand. Then those who belong to the Church must flee to the mountains. We must know that in the bible, a mountain is always portrayed as the place where God, His laws, commands, and decrees descend to His people. The chosen ones of God ascends to the mountain, and they descends by the time they have the Word of God in them for the whole people to hear as it was proclaimed or preached to them. We are told by the Lord Jesus that if we are within the city, we must escape from it, and those in the countryside must not enter the city for in these days where these things had began to happen are the time of punishment were all the scriptures are fulfilled. Now, we must know that this is frightening for first, the scriptures contain the Old Testament and the New Testament and, there are so many mysterious meanings the Old one is having. Here, we must know that although all the public revelations ended when St. John the evangelist died, we must know that we are still the people of the New Testament and the Old Testament is our past that we cannot escape from. Indeed, St. Augustine’s saying really fits this: “The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed; the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.” And in our times I believe, the Old Testament revelations continues for we are its New Testament. And, we must also remember that the Word of God in the Old Testament is Jesus Christ Himself but hidden and in the New Testament, this Word of God was made flesh where Jesus Christ is revealed as a God and Man so, we cannot throw away the Old Testament whenever we wish for it is the same Word of the Old and the New where we see here how terribly frightening the mysterious revelations both in the Old and the New Testament. How terribly frightening when the fulfilment of the scriptures is nearing to its manifestations?
In those days pregnant women and nursing mothers will be in misery for they will never be spared from the terrible calamity and wrathful judgement upon the people of this earth. These women will even bless the barren, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed, for even their children will taste their misery that caused by the anger of God against the people. The giving of life or offspring will definitely reach its end. And God’s wrath will be a terrible one because of the destruction of the earthly manifestations of the Kingdom of God caused by the Gentiles where the Church of Him will be destroyed and desecrated by these enemies. In terrible grief, we will shout to the mountains, “Fall upon us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!” For even us cannot go back to defend and save God’s Holy Church from the Gentiles, and we cannot save ourselves from God’s terrible anger in His coming. For what is the use of the Kingdom of God but to save and bring life? And yet, all the nations did not give great importance and reverence to this Kingdom of God and Her work for salvation and life and worst, they desecrated Her and killed Her servants who works for Her. God will indeed be in wrath for if His Church is already here who promises salvation and life, what will happen when it is no longer saves and brings life? For if the Church receives these wicked and desecrating attacks from Her enemies, how much more will these Gentiles do when the Church its nearing its end where the work of salvation and life is consummated? Indeed, the time will come when the purpose of the Church on this earth will reach its end.
But the coming of the Son of Man will be at hand. There will be inexplicable signs that will manifest before God shows Himself. People will die of fright while waiting what is coming upon the world for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And we will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, the Lord Jesus told us that we must stand erect and raise our heads because our salvation is at hand. We can see here that on the Second Coming of the Lord, there will also salvation that will happen. But who will be saved? Those self-proclaimed righteous persons who in their arrogance say that they are Christians and they are saved already by Jesus Christ and they are the only one that will be saved by God? We must pray that we worked out our salvation that we received with fear and trembling, for if we will fully realize what it means to be baptized by water and Spirit and be confirmed by the seal of God in our foreheads making us soldiers of God, we will work for the King and His Kingdom with all of our might.
So, let us show to God our readiness and preparedness in His Second Coming for we do not know the day nor the hour. We must anticipate His coming and behold Him, showing our respect for the coming of our King Jesus Christ and raising our heads to see our Lord for our salvation is at hand! Like Daniel in the first reading of today (Daniel 6:12-28), God will save us from the lions and instead, will put the Gentiles to the den where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Here are some points to consider:
1 Live your baptismal and confirmation promises with fear and trembling.
2. Do your all working for the King and His Kingdom.
3. We must not reject the Old Testament. It is important for it is also Jesus Christ that was inscribed and printed in our bibles.
4. Do your homework as a Universal Christian!
5. Go and set the world on fire!
“Jesus, I trust in You” “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
To the greater glory of God!
Mary H. Distributist