Grace to you!
As we come to the last day of the year before Advent, which is the beginning of the new year for the Church, it’s important to keep an eye on the promise.
Yesterday, we shared how some of the leaders and kingdoms in history used their positional authority to promote all sorts of evil in the world. We learned from biblical history how in the end, they became the losers.
Evil may have its hour. God carries the day. I believe in this both socially and in our individual lives. God has authority over all.
When I read the Book of Daniel chapter seven, I’m drawn by the final words describing the triumph of goodness, righteousness, amidst the field day of evil. Daniel describes one of his visions: “As I looked, this horn [referring to the horn from the fourth beast] made war with the saints, and prevailed over them, until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints received the kingdom” (Dn 7:21-22).
Before this vision was shown to Daniel, Scripture tells us he was in anguish. Rightly so. No one of good conscience will see the field day of evil in its stark audacity in the world and not feel anguish. Sometimes, our anguish could stir the feeling of despair. That’s where the enemy of righteousness wants us to be. In addition, the devil wants us to be in fear and feel there is no hope.
Nonetheless, those of the promise know there is always hope. This hope is from the Lord; “The Ancient of Days”, through whom judgement is given and victory is worn on his throne, which makes a public spectacle of the arrogance of the demonic. The cross of the crucified Lord is that public spectacle. “He disarmed the principalities and powers and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in him.” (Col 2:15)
God is the Ancient of Days, and his Son the King of the Universe who has come so we may have the fullness of life (Jn 10:10). Christ will come again in glory and the final judgment over evil will be made.
As we begin Advent tomorrow, it’s an opportunity to open our hearts to Christ, our Hope and our Peace. May our hearts be a home fit for the Lord. As the Lord himself tells us: “Be vigilant” (Lk 21:36).
Have a fruitful Advent.
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God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Saturday Week 34 A: Dn 7:15-27; Lk 21:34-36]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.