Today's readings speak of ultimate matters. The prophet Malachi warns us that the last days will be like a blazing oven. The gospel says that many of us will be persecuted.
No wonder when we think about this time we are afraid of the Apocalypse. When we read today's Gospel, and see the great calamity in the Philippines, many of us are thinking the final time is coming already. But we know about the apocalypse believers, especially for this time and the revelation of God. This is also the time to look at our current life and prepare ourselves for eternity.
Our life is like a building site. But how often do we experience many of these buildings to be removable.
A strong gust of wind can destroy our happy life. All we have.
In a moment we lose our skills and knowledge. In a moment we lose relationships with people.
In a moment we lose love and friendships. We can also very easily lose our relationship with God.
In short, we can lose everything if we do not structure our lives to have a solid foundation that is the foundation of trusting, faith and perseverance. If we choose God every day, because He is the designer of our lives He will also rescue and shelter us even in the moments of our biggest disasters. God should become the chief engineer, who is responsible for what we are building, so that in our last moments we do not have to be afraid of responsibility for our lives. Because if He is the most important we can be sure the structure of our life is indestructible.
Just as the prophet Malachi in the last day saw a blazing furnace for sinners and sun worshipers for justice so we need to know the announcement of the end of the world is not only a tragedy, but also a new life.
We must wish for ourselves to have persistence and faith in God who saves us all.