Jesus said, Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking, and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed all of them. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day that Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and sulphur from heaven and destroyed all of them —it will be like that on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, anyone on the housetop who has belongings in the house must not come down to take them away; and likewise anyone in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it. I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken and the other left.’Then they asked him, ‘Where, Lord?’ He said to them, ‘Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.’
Today is Friday, the 15 November, in the Thirty Second Week of Ordinary Time.
The University of Johannesburg Choir sing a setting of Psalm 16 Protect me, O God for in you I take refuge.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke.
Today’s reading can be a bit disturbing because it raises questions of Judgment. The writer is quick to point out that Judgment is something which will happen and it will happen at a time when we least expect it. How does this make you feel?
What are the first things that come to mind when you hear the word ‘judgement’? Do you see it as something scary? Liberating? Or something else?
Although the idea of Judgment is, perhaps, not as intimidating as we imagined previously it is still a reality for which we must be prepared. As you listen again, pay particular attention to exactly what is said about Judgement.
Cardinal Basil Hume said that Judgement is like whispering your deepest secrets into the ear of the most loving, tolerant and understanding person imaginable. Spend the last few moments of this meditation in a conversation with God; God who is this most wonderful person – tolerant, loving and understanding. Remember that however we describe God, it doesn’t fully explain who God is. God is more loving, more understanding and more tolerant than we can possibly begin to imagine!