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Dwelling on the Word of God: Eternal Life with Christ (Thursday 23rd January 2014)

 
From today's Gospel acclamation (cf. Jn 6:63,68):
 
'Alleluia, alleluia!
Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life;
you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia!'
 
 
The Word of God is 'life'.  We can find the very essence of life itself by immersing ourselves in Sacred Scripture. 
 
Jesus carries with him the message of eternal life.  He came so that we may be saved.  He died so that we may have life.  Death no longer has any hold over us.  We will live forever and we must make our choice as to where we will spend eternal life.  Our choice simply has to be this: with Jesus in the heavenly kingdom. 

Dwelling on the Word of God: the Second Coming of Christ (Thursday 28th November 2013)

 
From today’s Gospel (Luke 21:20-28):
 
‘And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.’’
 
 
What an awesome thought!  Jesus coming to earth on a cloud to liberate those who have been chosen! 
Remember, it is our duty to become holy.  That is, to love God and love our neighbour, to obey the Commandments and spend time in prayer to Jesus, so that we may be part of that group of chosen people.

Dwelling on the Word of God: not a hair on your head will be lost (Wednesday 27th November 2013)

 
From today’s Gospel (Luke 21:12-19)
 
‘You will be hated by all men on account of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. Your endurance will win you your lives.’’
 
 
Jesus, in today’s Gospel, gives us another warning.  This time he speaks of how we will be persecuted in his name and that even close family members will betray us!  Some of us may even be put to death!  Yet, our all-loving God tells us that, despite this, not one single solitary hair on our heads will be lost.

Learn the Catholic Faith: What happens when we die and what will the Second Coming of Christ be like?

 
Taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church
 
What happens when we die?
 
1021 Death puts an end to human life as the time open to either accepting or rejecting the divine grace manifested in Christ. The New Testament speaks of judgment primarily in its aspect of the final encounter with Christ in his second coming, but also repeatedly affirms that each will be rewarded immediately after death in accordance with his works and faith. The parable of the poor man Lazarus and the words of Christ on the cross to the good thief, as well as other New Testament texts speak of a final destiny of the soul -a destiny which can be different for some and for others.

Dwelling on the Word of God: The End of the World (Tuesday 26th November 2013)

Michelangelo's Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel
 
From today’s Gospel (Luke 21:5-11):
 
‘And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened, for this is something that must happen but the end is not so soon.’ Then he said to them, ‘Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes and plagues and famines here and there; there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.’’
 
 
The end of the world….it’s a frightening thought isn’t it?

Dwelling on the Word of God: Jesus’ warning for all of us (Thursday 21st November 2013)

From today’s Gospel (Luke 19:41-44):
 
‘Yes, a time is coming when your enemies will raise fortifications all round you, when they will encircle you and hem you in on every side; they will dash you and the children inside your walls to the ground; they will leave not one stone standing on another within you – and all because you did not recognise your opportunity when God offered it!’’
 
 
Jesus’ warning for the city of Jerusalem is a serious one.  He speaks about death and destruction.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Dying with a certain faith (Wednesday 20th November 2013)

St Bartholomew was skinned alive for his faith
 
From today’s reading (2 Maccabees 7:1,20-31)
 
‘I do not know how you appeared in my womb; it was not I who endowed you with breath and life, I had not the shaping of your every part. It is the creator of the world, ordaining the process of man’s birth and presiding over the origin of all things, who in his mercy will most surely give you back both breath and life, seeing that you now despise your own existence for the sake of his laws.’’
 

Dwelling on the Word of God: The Second Coming of Christ (Thursday 14th November 2013)

 
From today’s Gospel (Luke 17:20-25)
 
'Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was to come, Jesus gave them this answer, ‘The coming of the kingdom of God does not admit of observation and there will be no one to say, “Look here! Look there!” For, you must know, the kingdom of God is among you.’
He said to the disciples, ‘A time will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man and will not see it. They will say to you, “Look there!” or, “Look here!” Make no move; do not set off in pursuit; for as the lightning flashing from one part of heaven lights up the other, so will be the Son of Man when his day comes.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Heaven or Hell (Tuesday 12th November 2013)

 
From today's reading (Wisdom 2:23-3:9)
 
'God made man imperishable,
he made him in the image of his own nature;
it was the devil’s envy that brought death into the world,
as those who are his partners will discover.
But the souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God,
no torment shall ever touch them.'
 
 
This reading gives a perfect insight into our world.  It tells us that we were all imperishable before; that God made us perfect, eternal, and yet we have succumbed to the devil's envy and turned to the devil's ways.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Standing Before God (Thursday 7th November 2013)

From today's reading (Romans 14:7-12):
 
'It is to God, therefore, that each of us must give an account of himself.'
 
 
There is no hiding from God.  Fact!
Each and every one of us will have to stand before God and account for our lives, comparing the way we have lived against the Commandments and the life of Jesus.
If we use the benchmark of the Commandments and of the life of Christ, how would we compare if we were to stand before the Creator today? 
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