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Friday, August 26, 2016

“Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.” (Psalm 90:12) - Daily Bible Reflections August 26, 2016

“Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” – Matthew 25:13
   In 1988, a good number of people from our Catholic community gathered in an open basketball court waiting for Jesus to come and take us away. We did this because we read a booklet entitled 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Could Be in 1988. We not only read it — we believed it and lived like Jesus would return to earth that September, just as the booklet had predicted.
       Looking back now, it was silly to believe anyone who claims to know when Jesus’ Second Coming will be when He Himself said that “not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone” knows. One thing I did learn from that exercise is to live with the awareness that Jesus is coming at a time we do not expect. He may not come on the clouds with angels in tow as Rapture advocates believe, but Jesus comes in the most unexpected ways.
       He came quietly to take a friend’s mom in her sleep. He came swiftly to take a teenage boy who figured in a car accident. He came suddenly to take thousands during a violent earthquake.
       We don’t need a prophet of doom to tell us when Jesus is coming. What’s important is that we live in a way that we’re ready for the Lord to take us when it’s time. Rissa Singson Kawpeng (justbreatherissa@gmail.com)
Reflection: “Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.” (Psalm 90:12)
“We proclaim Your Death, O Lord, and profess Your Resurrection, until You come again.” (Memorial Acclamation)
St. Joseph Calasanz, pray for us.

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