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Luke 17:26-37

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking, and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed all of them. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day that Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and sulphur from heaven and destroyed all of them —it will be like that on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, anyone on the housetop who has belongings in the house must not come down to take them away; and likewise anyone in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it. I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken and the other left.’ Then they asked him, ‘Where, Lord?’ He said to them, ‘Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.’

Luke 17:26-37
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    • Three apocalyptic visions weave in and out of one another in these chapters of Luke: Jesus’ sense of his own forthcoming Passion and death; his warning of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans; and the second coming of Jesus at the end of time. Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem to die. He does not have much time left. He knows that he faces the ultimate choice soon. Is that why he speaks so vehemently about the need to choose now, and about the insecurity of this life?
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    • Today’s reading is meant to shatter my complacency. Lord, keep my spirit keen in its search for you. Keep my faith strong in times of crisis.
    • When doubt or fear weigh down my spirit, Lord, give me the grace to surrender to you in hope. May I trust in ‘the plans of your heart which endure from age to age’ (Psalm 33:11).
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    • Everything in this life is passing, we are on a pilgrimage back to our heavenly home and so we are not to be tied to anything or anyone to the detriment of forgetting who we are and where we are bound. This earthly life will pass away and so we are not to build our house on the shifting sands of earthly life, but on the rock of God’s plan for us. Where your heart is there will be your treasure also.
    • Lord of Heaven and Earth just as you led the Israelites out of Egypt lead us too as we seek to do your will to ‘love you more dearly and follow you more nearly’ all the days of our life.
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    • The preacher asked his congregation: ‘You all want to go to heaven. Isn’t that right?’ ‘Yes’ they responded. The preacher went on: ‘Good. Who wants to go to heaven right now?’ There was silence! I ask not to be so caught up in my affairs that I am no longer focussed on God.
    • I pray: ‘Lord, I can be like Lot’s wife. She spent her time looking back at her possessions instead of looking forward to what God would provide for her. Teach me to look forward to your coming.’
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    • The preacher asked his congregation: ‘You all want to go to heaven. Isn’t that right?’ ‘Yes’ they responded. The preacher went on: ‘Good. Who wants to go to heaven right now?’ There was silence! I ask not to be so caught up in my affairs that I am no longer focussed on God.
    • I pray: ‘Lord, I can be like Lot’s wife. She spent her time looking back at her possessions instead of looking forward to what God would provide for her. Teach me to look forward to your coming.’
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    • Three apocalyptic visions weave in and out of one another in these chapters of Luke: Jesus’ sense of his own forthcoming Passion and death; his warning of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans; and the second coming of Jesus at the end of time.
    • Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem to die.  He does not have much time left. He knows that he faces the ultimate choice soon. Is that why he speaks so vehemently about the need to choose now, and about the insecurity of this life?
    • The ‘end gospels' call on us to trust. Losing and saving our lives is in the hands of God as is all else. Trust is the big call of every relevant relationship. Prayer is a gateway to growth in trust in God.
    • The readings of these days speak of the 'end times' as we bring the liturgical year to a close. I use them as an opportunity to recognise who I am and where I am going: I am created by God and am being drawn to live fully with God.
    • I consider that everything I enjoy – even life itself – is a gift. I humbly give thanks.