Stand before the Son of Man

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Greetings on this the Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: RV 22:1-7; PS 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7AB; LK 21:34-36
Notes: Last day of Ordinary Time, now comes Advent!

We know judgement is certain. We are certain of his mercy as well. Stand before the Son of Man with humility.

Three PDF teachings on Advent are available here:
https://gerrypalermo.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/three-year-cycle-four-week-advent.pdf
https://gerrypalermo.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/threesongsofadvent.pdf
https://gerrypalermo.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/a-short-teaching-on-advent.pdf

If Advent is the being watchful and waiting, then today’s readings are an example of what we are waiting for (the last reading before the cycle begins again). Even now the Kingdom is Near. Even more so in the Age to Come Beyond Time.

Beware of the Gossips on FaceBook and Twitter.
Know them by their divisive and rotten fruits of self-interest, psychological damaged projections and poor community behaviors.

He comes to bring peace and healing.
He comes in person and bridges the divine-human gap.

Christ (Son of God and Son of Man) and His Church (building out the Kingdom):

  • An angel showed me the river of life-giving water.
  • Grew the tree of life that produces fruit.
  • The leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations.
  • Nothing accursed will be found anymore.
  • The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.
  • They will look upon his face.
  • The Lord God shall give them light.

First reading
“These words are trustworthy and true, and the Lord, the God of prophetic spirits, sent his angel to show his servants what must happen soon.” “Behold, I am coming soon.” Blessed is the one who keeps the prophetic message of this book.

Responsorial Psalm
Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!

Note: this pslam is the daily morning pslam of the Liturgy of the Hours given a place in the Mass today!

Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD; let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him.

Alleluia Verse
Be vigilant at all times and pray that you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.

Gospel Portion
Jesus said to his disciples: Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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