November 11, 2022
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:26-37)
END OF TIME: What was Jesus trying to tell his listeners? What is Jesus saying to us today? We all know that at some point, the “end of time” will come. However, we do not know the day or the hour it will arrive. Nor do we know what this experience will be like. The stark description Jesus gives us is not an inviting nor a hopeful message.
The gift is – today and every day we have a choice. Each morning, I can ask myself: How will I live my life today? Will I choose to carouse as they did in Noah’s day? Every day we have a choice. If we live each day in a loving manner, we will have no need to be fearful of dying. However, if we are hurtful or indifferent to the individuals in our lives and to the world, we may get some “fire and brimstone.”
Every choice we make is a significant choice! Today (every day) is a good day to make thoughtful and loving choices and decisions. If we strive to love each and every day, we will have no need to be afraid of dying! The gates of heaven will be wide open and Jesus will be waiting for us and he will welcome us with open and loving arms! It is our decision to make. What will we choose?
Note: The reflection above is an excerpt from “The Dome Blog” – offered by the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana. http://ferdinandbenedictines.blogspot.com/2015/11/reflection-luke-1726-37.html