It is 26th November 2016. The readings are from Rev. 22:1-7; and the Gospel from Luke 21:34-36. This is the last day of the liturgical year. Our readings invite us to reflect on the end times and the beginnings of eternal life with God. We read the last chapter of the book of Revelation as our first reading. The Holy Bible began the enquiry of the relationship with human beings from the garden of God which is the paradise and ends the Book with the tremendous hope of seeing God face to face in the garden of life. In our personal and spiritual life, the life-giving water is the Holy Spirit. It flows from the Father and the only Son Jesus. There is nothing can stop us seeing God face to face when we communicate and guided by the Holy Spirit. Through the first tree of life, human beings desired to become like God and sinned against God, and so Christ planted the tree of life through we obtain grace and wisdom. “Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.” (Rev. 22:3-5). Let us be alert and watchful during the days ahead to meet Christ the Lord. The responsorial Psalm prays, “Maranatha, Come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev.22:20). The Gospel suggests that praying at all times will offer the spiritual courage to face anything that is going to happen. We need to be watchful every moment of our lives over the anxieties, carless living, irresponsible drinking, and foolish pleasures. “Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Lk.21:36). God promises that God will rescue us all from all that we go through now. May we put our trust in the Lord once again. Have a peaceful day.

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