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The day the Son of Man is revealed.
From the Gospel according to Luke. Lk 17:26-37
Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot:
they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all. So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, someone who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house
must not go down to get them, and likewise one in the field must not return to what was left behind.
Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.
I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left.”
They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?”
He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Who can resist?
He who seeks to save his life will lose it. Who can resist losing their life? Who can resist an accusation? Who does not defend themselves against defamation? Lord, assist me, for I am trying to save my life, and I am losing it.
Applied to married life.
Steve: Humility. Easy to say but impossible to live. Time and time again, I resolve to be consumed, but when the moment comes, I am unable to let myself be consumed. I look at You, Lord, in the Eucharist, and each time, I marvel more.
Rachel: Oblation, I want to be an oblation and surrender myself for Your comfort, Lord, but I am not able to endure a difference of opinion without defending my viewpoint, even if it means accusing others. I am unable to be an offering for You.
Steve: Help me, Lord, for without You, I sink.
Rachel: Help us, Lord, for we perish. In Your mercy, we trust.
(And so, Steve and Rachel were becoming small before the Lord)
Will the Lord find us with faith when He comes? Make us perseverant in faith. Praise be to the merciful Lord.”