Stay Awake and Pray

My Word Remains
November 27, 2020
Sorry Po, Nakatulog Po Ako.”
November 29, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: Stay Awake and Pray
 
Today is the last day of the liturgical year. Tomorrow we begin the season of Advent as we prepare ourselves to celebrate Christmas. Time flies. The end of this year is coming soon. Indeed, everything has its ending. This is the point of all the gospel readings for the past weeks. And for the last time, our gospel today insists on the importance of VIGILANCE AND PRAYER as the main ingredients of being prepared for the coming of God’s Kingdom or our death, whoever comes first.
 
The tone of the gospel insists on the importance of having a DEEPLY ROOTED RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD THROUGH PRAYER AND GOOD WORKS. When our time comes, the Lord will simply check the quality of our lives on earth. Recall the parable of the talents. Do we have huge earnings to show to God from His investments? We don’t want to be caught unaware. But how do we prepare without being agitated or pressured?
 
In the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, it was mentioned the Principle and Foundation of our creaturehood, that is – “Man is created to praise, love and serve God, and by this means to save his soul.” (Spex 1).
 
When our minds are set on spiritual desires, we found ourselves at peace. To know, love, and serve God are enough to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Kingdom. With these things in our minds, we shall never be afraid of God’s judgment.
 
In our gospel reading today, we are asked to be more vigilant and active. Pray for the gift of discernment. The devil’s traps are all over. Be mindful that the evil one is the prince of all lies and deceits. He knows our weaknesses and limitations. Beware! Our reading said, “Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened by debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will come upon you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come down on all those living on the face of the earth.” (Luke 21:34-35).
 
Consider the three traps or deceits of the evil spirit from our reading:
 
1. Too much revelry or happiness. Excessive happiness and revelry can bring insensitivity on our part. Anything in excess is dangerous. The evil is good in tempting us to seek more for ourselves and less for others. Remember the parable of the rich man and Lazarus? (Luke 16: 19-31). Are you sensitive to the needs of others? Do you still think others?
 
2. Drunkenness. Too much wine could bring addiction. When addiction strikes us, we found ourselves incapable of doing what is right and noble. We found ourselves unable to overcome the desires of our flesh. We easily give in. Addiction comes in many forms: money, talents, sex, material things, etc. What is your addiction at the moment? Where is your biggest temptation at the moment? (Luke 12:19).
 
3. Excessive worries. Do you worry a lot in your life? Do you always find yourself sulking in fear and worries? In the end, you don’t dare to leave your comfort zones or even invest your life for others? (Matthew 25: 24-27).
 
Discern and pray so that you shall not fall in the devil’s trap. The devil knows no rest until he got us into his traps. Be awake! Gumising ka. Ang tulog lamang ang nasisilo ng patibong.
 
Let’s stop and reflect on the following questions: How’s the quality of your spiritual life? How’s your relationship with the Lord?
 
– Fr. Willy M. Samson, SJ
 
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November 28, 2020 – Saturday
Gospel Reading: Luke 21: 34-36

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