Catholic Mass Readings
November 16 Friday
32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
2 John 4-9
It has given me great joy to find that children of yours have been living the life of truth as we were commanded by the Father. And now I am asking you—dear lady, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but only the one which we have had from the beginning—that we should love one another. To love is to live according to his commandments: this is the commandment which you have heard since the beginning, to live a life of love. There are many deceivers at large in the world, refusing to acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in human nature. They are the Deceiver; they are the Antichrist. Watch yourselves, or all our work will be lost and you will forfeit your full reward. If anybody does not remain in the teaching of Christ but goes beyond it, he does not have God with him: only those who remain in what he taught can have the Father and the Son with them.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As it was in Noah’s day, so will it also be in the days of the Son of man. People were eating and drinking, marrying wives and husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and the Flood came and destroyed them all. It will be the same as it was in Lot’s day: people were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but the day Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and t destroyed them all. It will be the same when the day comes for the Son of man to be revealed. When that Day comes, no one on the housetop, with his possessions in the house, must come down to collect them, nor must anyone in the fields turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Anyone who tries to preserve his life will lose it; and anyone who loses it will keep it safe. I tell you, on that night, when two are in one bed, one will be taken, the other left; when two women are grinding corn together, one will be taken, the other left.’ The disciples spoke up and asked, ‘Where, Lord?’ He said, ‘Where the body is, there too will the vultures gather.’
The return of the Lord is certain, but the time is unknown. The Lord’s judgment comes swiftly and unexpectedly. Jesus warns his listeners not to be caught off guard when that day arrives. It will surely come in God’s good time! God judges every one individually according to how they have lived their life and responded to his grace. The good news is that God gives grace, security and refuge to those who seek him with faith and contrition. He gives us the grace to know him personally and to accept his lordship over our lives. And he gives us the power of the Holy Spirit to live each day for his kingdom, and the readiness to receive him when he returns. God’s judgment is good news for those who are ready to meet him and their reward is God himself, the source of all truth, beauty, goodness, love and everlasting life. Are you ready to come face to face with God?