Vigilance, Discipline & Perseverance

Luke 21: 34-36

Dn 7:15-27 / Dn 3

Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.
(Luke 21:36)

Let no carousing or drunkenness,

Lead to spiritual weaknesses;

Our best defense vs. the lure of sin

Are perseverance and discipline.

(Jesus said),“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy with carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day catch you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man. .” (Luke 21:34-36)

Reflection

Jesus knows our weaknesses. In today’s Gospel, He urges us to be vigilant in order to persevere till the end in affirming true life and denying the illusions of material pleasures and anxieties. The Lord knew then as He does now that it is not an easy matter to be a Christian. At this point in His life, He Himself was going to face His impending passion, torture, and death at the hands of Jewish authorities. The time was coming when He would show how it was to obey the will of the Father until the very end despite tremendous injustice and persecution.

Like an unexpected stroke or heart attack, no one is immune “who lives on the face of the earth.” Especially those who love the revelry of wine, women and song in bars and night clubs, who hardly ever get any exercise because they wake up late in the morning, and are stressed out by their sedentary lifestyle in the office. As one doctor commented, they are like walking time bombs. Anytime, they can just go off. Our human nature makes us vulnerable to various influences around us. We are caught between the two horns of “carousing and drunkenness”, and “the anxieties of daily life”.

Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, man has the tendency to fall into bad habits that the devil constantly foists on him. We all need the discipline and perseverance of regular prayers, meditation on Scriptures, good deeds, and interaction with other members of our community in order to be always alert to God’s call and be vigilant against the devil’s tricks. We can never trust our own human nature alone, however noble or unselfish our inclinations. We need God’s grace to fortify us at all times. We need the presence of the Holy Spirit in our daily routine just as much as when we come together to praise and worship Him.

Prepare us always, Lord, to face each day with courage in Your Name, faith in Your Word, hope in Your kingdom, and love to make it all count for God’s glory. Amen.

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