Sunday, November 18, 2012

Keep Our Eyes on Jesus

At first glance, this Sunday's gospel reading seems a bit scary. The end times.
But Jesus seems to say here that we need not be afraid. We need not fear. Instead, we need to pay attention. We need to watch the signs of the times. We need to live each moment like it is our last.
And hold onto Jesus. Always.
The world can seem to fall down around us, but we are not alone. Some things will change but one thing never changes.
He is always with us and his words will not pass away.
Live each moment.
Pay attention.
And keep our eyes on the Lord.

Dear Lord, sometimes it does seem like the world is passing away and I get scared.  But then I remember, you are always with us. And all will be well. Please give me courage, Lord. Help me to live each moment to the fullest and to always keep my eyes on you. Amen.


Daily Grace said...

Thank you for inspiring us with hope. God bless

Karinann said...

I agree; I think that today's Gospel, as well as the readings that we hear this time of year as the Liturgical year comes to a close, are more about getting us to pay attention. If we do that and as your beautiful prayer says, remember that Jesus is with us, then we have nothing to fear.
The readings along with your reflection made me think of a short prayer at the end of one of the Magnificat meditations from last week.
"Jesus make me good. Make me holy. Make me yours."

I love this and have been praying it often~especially after Holy Communion.
Thanks for your beautiful reflection and prayer.
Hugs & blessings!

Colleen said...

Daily Grace, I am glad you saw the hope in this post. We need to remember to hope.

Karinann, I love that prayer you found in Magnificat!! I will make that my prayer too. I prayed it after Communion today. Simple and beautiful. Thank you!

Barb Schoeneberger said...

A great reminder that will keep us humble and not let us start making the battles with principalities and powers into personal vendettas. Also keeps us from thinking that any good we do is done under our own power. I love to think that Jesus is using me, giving me energy and ability, as His tool to save others. Keeping my eyes on His face means I'm not getting distracted into doing my own thing.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

I understand that some people believe the world will end on 12 December - 12/12/12.

On that basis I have not completed my tax return and have not paid a few bills due. (I've paid the electricity up to the 12th - I'd hate the world to end and I cannot see it in the dark).

At Church on Sunday the priest said that no one knows when the world will end; not even Jesus. God only knows.

God bless you.

Colleen said...

Barb, amen!

Victor, thank you! :)

Moonshadow said...

To begin his homily on this passage last Sunday, our deacon - who suffered some personal loss in Hurricane Sandy - assured us that this reading was selected long before our recent inclement weather. All accurate, but it was still hard to hear this description, as the deacon clearly struggled to proclaim it. Maybe it's all just practice for the real thing some day?


Colleen said...

Moonshadow, maybe it is. I think of how people waited for the Messiah for centuries and He did indeed come. The end-times will come too. In our lifetime? Who knows?
Thank you!

Nancy Shuman said...

I love this, and find it filled with joy. Thank you!

Colleen said...

Nancy, thank you! God bless!

Joann / lioness said...

Wonderful prayer, Colleen.

Some people live in countries where the world is falling in on them. The east coast also got a taste of that.
When I worry about the future, I get scared, too, but then I remind myself "As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away." Psalm 90:10
I made it to 70 in this universe, and with the care given planet earth just for it to be peopled, someone other than my lucky stars must be looking out for me. I think it's not a stretch to trust Him for the rest. Going home shouldn't be too scary.

Colleen said...

Joann, well said. Amen - I agree that going home shouldn't be too scary. God bless!