Friday 27th November
I dream of a New Jerusalem that will not pass away
  • Rev 20 : 1-4,11 -- 21 : 2
  • Psalm 83 : 3 - 6, 8
  • Luke 21 : 29 - 33

Sometimes we may wonder if all this is worth it. Following the Lord Jesus can be difficult at times, we have to go through hardships, rejections, per- secutions, and sometimes it may cost our lives. Often when we go through sufferings, we may loose faith, and start to ask questions.

Today’s readings beautifully explains some of the fruits of our labour. Gives us the ultimate truth of all things. The Bible started with the creation of this world in Genesis and it ends with the book of Revalation, explaining our ultimate destination.

The Book of Revelation explains what must ultimately take place. The powers of darkness that rule the earth will be chained. Every one will be judged according to their deeds. Those who remained faithful to the Lord Jesus, through every hardship in this life will reign with him. A new Jerusalem will appear – a new order of life in which God reigns, where there will be no more suffering.

This all sounds like a dream. But it is for this hope that many Chris- tians gladly suffered throughout the years. They stood firm for the truth of the Gospel even at the cost of their own lives, because this was not a fairy tale for them. This was truth and it was written in their hearts, for this truth they became martyrs, they happily went through hardships and sufferings in this life. As the Gospel proclamation says, “heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

We are constantly searching for answers, what is the meaning of life? Why is there so much of suffering in this world. In today’s world, many of us are unhappy and sad as we have lost the true meaning and purpose of life. And we as Christians have also fallen into this trap of thinking and living like the rest of the world.

It is to us that the Lord Jesus speaks through today’s readings. He is the way, the truth and the life! It is through him that we can find rest when we experience this truth in our lives.

Prayer: Abba Father, help me to believe in the truth and be transformed by it. Help me to be a true witness to you. Amen.

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