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Doctrines & Morals

Take care not to be misled

Dan. 2:31-45, Lk. 21:5-11. At the end of the liturgical year we have some of the most symbol-laden literature in the Scriptures. This apocalyptic symbols speaks of destruction, loss, conflict and deception. We must be careful in interpreting it, as the language is highly coloured and emotionally evocative. In today's Gospel, Jesus cautions us by saying: “Take care not to be misled.” Jesus foretold the destruction of the wonderful Temple in Jerusalem, as well as other tragic events. Nobody could imagine the Temple in Jerusalem being destroyed. This magnificent structure had taken nearly fifty years to build and was world famous. This is to teach us that we are meant not to get attached to structures that do not last. Instead, we are to rely on Jesus, who is greater than the Temple. When all thing fails and disappears, He endures and through our relationship with Him, we will last.

Assessed by faith, all human efforts to dominate others will come to a sorry end. Today's first reading recounts how Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of statue with its four principal sections represented the four great kingdoms that successively oppressed Israel: the Babylonians, Medes, Persians and Greeks. No matter how colossal they were and how seemingly invincible, these kingdoms collapsed. For an oppressed people the message was that for all their power and prestige, material wealth and political clout, none of these proud empires could last forever. All that lasts is what God achieves in our lives. This will be the “kingdom that shall never be destroyed.” However, we may have to pass through many difficulties before eventually all will be well, when the Son of Man comes in glory.

May the Lord help us to use His gifts generously and wisely that we may forever remain faithful all the days of our life! Amen!! Good morning and have a pleasant day!!!

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