Father Edward Hopkins, LC
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Jesus said to his disciples: "As it
was in the days of Noah, so it will
be in the days of the Son of Man; they
were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage
up to the day that Noah entered the ark,
and the flood came and destroyed them all. Similarly, as
it was in the days of Lot: they were
eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day
when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the
sky to destroy them all. So it will be
on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, a person who is on the housetop
and whose belongings are in the house must not
go down to get them, and likewise a person in
the field must not return to what was left
behind. Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to
preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it
will save it. I tell you, on that night
there will be two people in one bed; one will
be taken, the other left. And there will be
two women grinding meal together; one will be taken,
the other left." They said to him in reply, "Where,
Lord?" He said to them, "Where the body is,
there also the vultures will gather."
Introductory Prayer: I
believe in you, Lord, my companion and strength. I
believe that you come out to meet me each day,
asking me to depend more on you and less
on creatures. I hope in you, Lord, as the one
who fills my longing to love and be loved.
I love you here and now with my prayer
and with my desire to be faithful and generous in
the little things you ask of me.
Lord, help me to put you first in my
1. They Were Eating and Drinking: In the
time of Noah and of Lot, God’s judgment was said
to come down upon man. Yet the real moment
of judgment for each one of us comes immediately upon
our own death. It is then that the kingdom
will be fully revealed to us, and it will be
decided whether we will be part of it or
not. But it is in the course of my own
life that my option for being received into the
kingdom is decided. God comes to me today. How
will I respond? My response now and each day determines
my eternal place in the kingdom.
2. Do Not Return
to What Was Left Behind: In most disasters people have
little chance to collect belongings; those who try are
often lost as a result. The same will be true
of the Final Judgment – or at our own
death; when Jesus comes, will I be ready? What do
I most cherish? What I must hold on to
is my relationship with Christ. And this implies in so
many ways losing “my life” here. Do I live
with the attitude of losing my life a little
more each day, detaching myself from things, activities and people,
so as to be freer to love, serve and
be with Christ?
3. Where the Body Is? “Where Lord?” the
disciples ask; where will the day of the Son
of man take place? It will take place, says
Jesus, wherever you are. Whether we die and encounter Christ
in a personal judgment or are alive to encounter
the Lord at his Second Coming and the Final
Judgment, the reality is the same. Standing next to a
saint or a sinner will not alter our fate.
Who we know or what contacts we have will do
little. Where we are in our relationship with Christ
will be the only real determining factor. Where am
I, Lord, today, in relationship with you? May this be
my only concern!
Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus, increase my desire to live my life
in close relation with you. Order all my activities
according to your will, and my relationships according to your
heart. “I want whatever you want, because you want
it, the way you want it, as long as
you want it” (Prayer of Pope Clement XI).
I will give priority to my relationship with
Christ. I will make prayer my first act today before