APOCALYPSE 14:14-19; PSALM 96; LUKE 21:5-11
The Temple was built to honour God and as a place of prayer but there were those who didn’t see beyond its surface. Christ foretells the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and also warns his followers to be on their guard against antichrist – those who claim to be messiahs and preach impending doom. We must look beyond the Temple and be faithful to him so that when he comes to harvest the earth at the end of time we shall not be placed like the grapes of the unfaithful into the winepress of God’s anger.
Today is the memorial of Saint Andrew Dũng-Lac and Companions, we pray for a renewed zeal in the Church. Martyrs of Vietnam, by your constancy and courage, help all Christians who struggle and doubt in any way to persevere in their vocations, to win the small battles over self every day, so that they can enjoy life with God and His saints one day in heaven. Amen.