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FRIDAY OF THE 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME 2016
2 John 1:4-9; Luke 17:26-37
(FR. AELRED NILO, OSB)
 
 
Charlie Chaplin, an English comic actor who rose to fame during the era of silent film, said: “IN THIS WORLD THERE IS ROOM FOR EVERYONE. AND THE GOOD EARTH IS RICH AND CAN PROVIDE FOR EVERYONE. THE WAY OF LIFE CAN BE FREE AND BEAUTIFUL, BUT WE HAVE LOST THE WAY.”
 
These words from a famous comedian appropriately describe the current condition of today’s society. The present-day social values and people’s harmful behaviors have not changed much despite the advancement of technology, new discoveries and urban sophistications. As expressed by Charlie Chaplin the earth can sustain civilizations’ demand but people’s greed has escalated through the centuries. As a consequence, his desire for greatness and power alienated him from the very world he lives in and its creator.  
 
Tagalog Love Quotes said, “HINDI MATUTUMBASAN NG KAHIT ANONG MATERYAL NA BAGAY ANG PAGMAMAHAL, RESPETO AT TIWALA.”
 
In today’s gospel Jesus tells us, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.”
 
Here the LORD WARNS US AGAINST BEING SO ABSORBED IN OUR DAILY ACTIVITIES TO THE POINT THAT WE NEGLECT WHAT IS TRULY IMPORTANT. Eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, marrying wives and husbands are the very stuff of life. They are vitally important. They are so important that we may to see them as all that there is. Yet, above and beyond all of our necessary everyday activity there is A DEEPER REALITY, what Scripture calls THE DAY OF THE SON OF MAN.
 
Earthly life is so good that it can sometimes distract us from God. Ironically life itself suppresses our desire to think about any life beyond this world or about God. Because of our attachment to worldly life man himself becomes a substitute for God. 
 
This is perhaps the reason why Mark Helprin said, “The human race is intoxicated with narrow victories, for life is a string of them like pearls that hit the floor when the rope breaks, and roll away in perfection and anarchy.”
 
Sabi rin sa LoveText, “DEAR SAHOD. BAKIT KA GANYAN? ISANG BUWAN KITANG HININTAY TAPOS ISANG ARAW LANG MAGLALAHO KA NA? HINDI BA TAYO CLOSE?”
 
Jesus, in today’s gospel passage, teaches us that our life, our activities and the perishable things we have accumulated will all be lost as were people in Noah and Lot’s time.  “One will be taken, the other left.”  
 
Thus Jesus also said, “WHOEVER SEEKS TO PRESERVE HIS LIFE WILL LOSE IT, BUT WHOEVER LOSES IT WILL SAVE IT.”  In other words, If we are always seeking God, the creator behind the beauty and greatness of our world, the lover who inspires our love and gentleness, then we will always be ready for the coming of the Son of Man.
 
Hugot Krisityano said, “SOBRANG LIIT-LIIT MO LANG KUMPARA SA MUNDO, PERO MAHAL NA MAHAL KA NG LUMIKHA NG LAHAT NG ITO. “
 
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