It is 26th November 2019. The readings are from Daniel 2:31-45; and the Gospel from Luke 21:5-11. God alone lasts all the tests of humankind. Kingdoms would disappear and be forgotten, the mighty corporate business world would crash, the families could be invaded by evil forces and the individual might be broken and depressed, in all these ones person emerges gloriously in our life and its interactions with the society and the world at large is God. In his book, “The name of God is mercy,” His Holiness Pope Francis elucidates that God is merciful. Mercy is at the heart of every story about God and Jesus, and God put Jesus as the visible manifestation of God’s mercy. All humans are sinners, and they needed to be guided. Punishment, anger and revenge don’t make the world a better place; mercy and compassion do. Mercy is the ultimate test for humankind. Let us not be afraid to go to God. No matter how much you’ve sinned, God will always be there to listen. Ask him for mercy, and he will grant it. The first reading admonishes that any kingdom that would like to replace God would disappear from the heart and lives of people. However we attempt to replace God with our own personal wealth, status, power and position in life, time would come when we have to let go off all these things to someone painfully and embrace God gracefully. Daniel prophesied, “The God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, and this kingdom will not pass into the hands of another race: it will shatter and absorb all the previous kingdoms, and itself last forever.” (Dan.2: 44) The responsorial Verse acclaims, “Give glory and eternal praise to him!” The Gospel predicts the demolition of the temple and the tragic events that follow. We must not be distracted and dissipated by those who mislead us away from God. Rather, may we commit our lives to God and God alone because we cannot change the end. With faith in Jesus, we can surely experience God and face the inevitable. Let not our faith lean on structures, relationships and institutions. May we learn to depend on God through Jesus. God and His Only Beloved Son Jesus would endure the tests of our times and beyond. May you have a good day God bless you.

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