Catholic Daily Liturgical Guide 24.11.2022

REVELATION 18: 1 – 2, 21 – 23; 19: 1 – 3, 9a

I, John, saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority; and the earth was made bright with his splendour. And he called out with a mighty voice, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! It has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt of every foul spirit, a haunt of every foul and hateful bird.” Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So shall Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and shall be found no more; and the sound of harpists and minstrels, of flute players and trumpeters, shall be heard in you no more; and a craftsman of any craft shall be found in you no more; and the sound of the millstone shall be heard in you no more; and the light of a lamp shall shine in you no more; and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall be heard in you no more; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.” After this I heard what seemed to be the mighty voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgements are true and just; he has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and he has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” Once more they cried, “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.” And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”

The Word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Psalm 100: 1 – 2, 3, 4, 5 (R.) Revelation 19:9a

R/. Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing for joy. R/.

Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us; we belong to him.
We are his people, the sheep of his flock. R/.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with songs of praise.
Give thanks to him, and bless his name. R/.

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love.
He is faithful from age to age. R/.

ALLELUIA
Luke 21: 28

Alleluia.
Look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
Alleluia.

GOSPEL
“Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
LUKE 21: 20 – 28

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it; for these are days of vengeance, to fulfil all that is written. Alas for those who are with child and for those who are nursing in those days! For great distress shall be upon the earth and wrath upon this people; they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led captive among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

The Gospel of the Lord.
[7:03 am, 24/11/2022] Tk: GOSPEL REFLECTION ORDINARY: The Return of Christ
November 24, 2022

“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” (Luke 21:27-28)

Only three days left in this current liturgical year. Sunday begins Advent and a new liturgical year! Therefore, as we move closer to the end of this current liturgical year, we continue to turn our eyes to the last and glorious things to come. Specifically, today we are presented with the glorious return of Jesus “coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” What’s most interesting and helpful in this particular passage above is the call we are given to enter into His glorious return with our heads raised with much hope and confidence.

This is an important image to ponder. Try to imagine Jesus returning in all His splendor and glory. Try to imagine Him coming in the most awe-inspiring and magnificent of ways. The entire sky would be transformed as the angels of Heaven surround our Lord. All earthly powers would suddenly be taken over by Jesus. Every eye would be turned to Christ and everyone, whether they want to or not, would bow down before the glorious presence of the King of all Kings!

This reality will take place. It’s just a matter of time. Jesus will, indeed, return and all will be made new. The question is this: Will you be ready? Will this day take you by surprise? If it were to happen today, what would your reaction be? Would you be fearful and suddenly realize you should have repented of certain sins? Would you immediately have certain regrets as you realize it is now too late to change your life in the way our Lord desires? Or will you be one of those who stands erect with your head raised as you joyfully and confidently rejoice in the glorious return of our Lord?

Reflect, today, upon how prepared you are for Jesus’ glorious return. We are called to be ready at every moment. Being prepared means we are living fully in His grace and mercy and are living in accord with His perfect will. If His return were at this moment, how prepared would you be?

PRAYER:
Lord, may Your Kingdom come and Your will be done. Please do come, Jesus, and establish Your glorious Kingdom in my life here and now. And as Your Kingdom is established in my life, help me to be prepared for Your glorious and total return at the end of the ages. Jesus, I trust in You.

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