Be Prepared ~ Brother Johnpaul Casmir Ezeobinwa, Postulant


The first reading which is taken from the book of Daniel 12 vs 1-3:

In those days, I Daniel,
heard this word of the Lord:
“At that time there shall arise
Michael, the great prince,
guardian of your people;
it shall be a time unsurpassed in distress
since nations began until that time.
At that time your people shall escape,
everyone who is found written in the book.

“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake;
some shall live forever,
others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace.

“But the wise shall shine brightly
like the splendor of the firmament,
and those who lead the many to justice
shall be like the stars forever.”
The first reading of today is a reminder of the last day, the events of the last day, the things that will take place on the last day when Michael, the guardian of the people of God, shall arise.  The Michael here being referred to is the Archangel Michael. The phrase, “those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,”  invariably means some who are sleeping in the Lord shall awake in glory because they lived their life so well. “Upon those found guilty shall face everlasting horror and disgrace but the wise and righteous shall shine like the early morning star,”
is a reminder that we should have it at the back of our mind that there is a judgement day, this day awaits anybody that fails to keep the laws of the most high God.

The psalmist also reminds us that God is our inheritance, we should should set the Lord first in all that we do.  Once we put God first in all we do, He will never abandon us, He will always be on our side so that we will not face horror.

The second reading:  Brothers and sisters:
Every priest stands daily at his ministry,
offering frequently those same sacrifices
that can never take away sins.
But this one offered one sacrifice for sins,
and took his seat forever at the right hand of God;
now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.
For by one offering
he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.

Where there is forgiveness of these,
there is no longer offering for sin.

In the second reading of today, we are told about the sacrifice of Christ, a selfless sacrifice, sacrifice that takes the sins of humankind away. Here, we can see that every priest offers sacrifice daily but Christ offered the greatest sacrifice by shedding His blood for the remission of sins. The sacrifice that makes us whole. The sacrifice of Christ has no comparison, Christ offered the sacrifice and was perfect forever in the glory of God the Father.

The Gospel:  Jesus said to his disciples:
“In those days after that tribulation
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from the sky,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

“And then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in the clouds’
with great power and glory,
and then he will send out the angels
and gather his elect from the four winds,
from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.

“Learn a lesson from the fig tree.
When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves,
you know that summer is near.
In the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that he is near, at the gates.
Amen, I say to you,
this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.

“But of that day or hour, no one knows,
neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

In today’s gospel periscope, it is reminding us about the end time, the signs which will show that the son of man is at the door post, the Bible makes it clear that so many things will happen as a clear sign that the coming of the son of God is almost at hand. Looking at what is happening on earth, war everywhere,  nation fighting against nation, father against children and children against father.

Brothers and sisters let us know that the length of our lives on earth does not count, but rather what counts is how we lived our life.  Did we live our life to please God or to please our fellow human beings? Let us get ready to account for the precious life that given to us, by living it well. Heaven is real, heaven is our permanent home.
Therefore my beloved one, let us strive for our salvation, let us prepare ourselves to meet the master of the universe, the creator.


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