"A time will come when you will long to see one day of the Son of Man but will not see it." —Luke 17:22 As we near the end of the Church's year, the Church calls us to read about the end of the world. The Church is reminding us that: We cannot tell when the world will end (Lk 17:20).The last day will be so bad that we "will long to see one day of the Son of Man but will not see it" (Lk 17:22).Jesus will return at the world's end (see Lk 17:24).His return will turn the worst day to the great day.All of these events will happen very quickly, "like the lightning that flashes from one end of the sky to the other" (Lk 17:24).Many other signs will occur at the end of the world, but these are four verses worth. Tomorrow, the Church will have us read more about the world's end, but we've heard enough today to respond by: praying,repenting,resolving to share our faith,forgiving, andsurrendering our lives to God.We need Jesus. Without Him, we can do nothing (Jn 15:5). This is obvious now, but will become even more obvious at the end. Trust Jesus, our only Hope and the only Hope we need. Prayer: Father, I receive Your Word not as the word of man but as it truly is, Your Word, the Word of God (1 Thes 2:13).Promise: "Refresh this heart of mine in Christ." —Phlm 20Praise: It is said of St. Albert the Great that each day he prayed the entire book of Psalms.
St Albert the Great's [ 1200 - 1280 A.D. ] commentary on the Gospel according to Luke So he says, Do this. Certainly he would demand nothing more profitable, nothing more pleasant, nothing more beneficial, nothing more desirable, nothing more similar to eternal life. We will look at each of these qualities separately.Do this in remembrance of me. Two things should be noted here. The first is the command that we should use this sacrament, which is indicated when he says: Do this.The second is that this sacrament commemorates the Lord's going to death for our sake. This sacrament is profitable because it grants remission of sins; it is most useful because it bestows the fullness of grace on us in this life. The Father of spirits instructs us in what is useful for us to receive his sanctification. And his sanctification is in Christ's sacrifice, that is, when he offers himself in this sacrament to the Father for our redemption, to us for our use. I consecrate myself for their sakes. Christ, who through the Holy Spirit offered himself up without blemish to God, will cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God. Nor can we do anything more pleasant. For what is better than God manifesting his whole sweetness to us? You gave them bread from heaven, not the fruit of human labour, but a bread endowed with all delight and pleasant to every sense of taste. For this substance of yours revealed your kindness toward your children, and serving the desire of each recipient, it changed to suit each one's taste. He could not have commanded anything more beneficial, for this sacrament is the fruit of the tree of life. Anyone who receives this sacrament with the devotion of sincere faith will never taste death. It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and blessed is he who holds it fast. The man who feeds on me shall live on account of me. Nor could he have commanded anything more lovable, for this sacrament produces love and union. It is characteristic of the greatest love to give itself as food. Had not the men of my tent exclaimed: Who will feed us with his flesh to satisfy our hunger? as if to say: I have loved them and they have loved me so much that I desire to be within them, and they wish to receive me so that they may become my members. There is no more intimate or more natural means for them to be united to me, and I to them. Nor could he have commanded anything which is more like eternal life. Eternal life flows from this sacrament because God with all sweetness pours himself out upon the blessed.