November 24, 2015
St. Andrew Dung-Lac and companions
Lk 21: 5-11
When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.” They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’
Do not go after them. “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.
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It is so much easier to destroy than to create. The recent terrorist attacks around the world testify to this. As we lament the horror of destruction, we would do well to remember our call to be co-creators of the world with God. As we reflect on the apocalyptic literature in Scripture, which reminds us of how unreliable our human-made structures can be, let us pray for the courage and perseverance to build up in the face of so much tearing-down.
What part of me can I hold out to God for more upbuilding? What part of the world around me can I build up?
—Michael Lamanna, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic of the USA Northeast Jesuit province. He is currently studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.
It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts;
It is beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is the Lord’s work. . .
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the Master Builder
and the worker.
We are workers, but not master builders. . .
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future that is not our own.
—Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador
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