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Daily Bible Reflections Archive
| Theo Tigno
11/21/2011 2:22 pm
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|Tuesday, November 8th 2011
| Luke 21: 5-11
While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, "All that you see here? the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down."
Then they asked him, "Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?" He answered, "See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, "I am he," and "The time has come." Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky."
Today's prayer intention - for the repose of the soul of Pedro Izaguirre.
When the market goes bad, it seems that there are some who choose to sell. Yet, it is normally in those times when it is best to buy because your money can buy more. It is normally best to stay the course because that is when you'll be able to make a greater profit.
A lot of people know this principle, yet when hard times come, it is tempting not to want to take your money out of the market. It is tempting not to stick to the principle reason as to why you're investing: so that you can get a return on your money. If you buy when things are well, you barely make a profit; if you buy when things are cheap, you have a better chance at accomplishing the goal of making more money on your investment.
On a grand level, we want to think of ourselves as someone who will remain faithful even when disaster comes. Yet, even though we may not pull ourselves totally out of our "heavenly investment" portfolio when hard times come, there are times when it is easy to "halt payment" ... there are times when it is easy to withhold investing in faithfulness.
It is in those times of struggle and tragedy that we can get a great return on our investment of faith in Our Lord. It is in those times of struggle and tragedy that God can multiply what looks like a meager offering. It is in those times of struggle and tragedy that we draw from Our Lord who worked miracles in providing for the starving multitude.
Disasters will come. Yet, as we approach the season in which we proclaim, "O come, o come Emmanuel!," we have faith that the Lord will come as well.
Lord, help us to be faithful and to remain faithful
in the daily storms of our lives,
and when something comes that is beyond what is ordinary,
help us decrease so that You may increase.
Take care and God Bless.