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By endurance you will gain life

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Perseverance is the sister of patience, the daughter of constancy, the friend of peace, the cementer of friendship, the bond of harmony, and the bulwark of holiness. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153.)
 
BY ENDURANCE YOU WILL GAIN LIFE
 
Perseverance is the sister of patience, the daughter of constancy, the friend of peace, the cementer of friendship, the bond of harmony, and the bulwark of holiness. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153.)
 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
Perseverance is the sister of patience, the daughter of constancy, the friend of peace, the cementer of friendship, the bond of harmony, and the bulwark of holiness. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153.)  If we persevere in the daily work of faith, then the coming of the Lord, everyday and at the end of days, will not be something to fear but a prospect we face with confidence.
 
In today's Gospel, some of the people around Jesus speak in glowing terms about the beauty of the Temple in Jerusalem and how it was adorned with noble stones.  The Temple was for those people a source of peace and contentment. It was such a magnificent sign of God's Presence; such a clear sign of their fidelity to Him. But the mood quickly changes as Jesus tries to prepare them for coming events. "As for these things that you see," Jesus says, "the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down." Imagine their distress as they contemplate Jesus' words about the destruction of the Temple. He has said that those precious stones will be thrown to the ground, broken into pieces. Jesus then tells them to expect other dire happenings as well. He speaks of times when "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom." He speaks of "great earthquakes" and "famines" and "persecutions," and other calamities. (Does any of this have a contemporary ring?)
 
Jesus' purpose is not to instill fear, but to inspire courage and hope.  "... Not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives," Jesus tells them. In other words, "If you persevere in your fidelity to God, in your trust in God's ultimate victory over the world, you will gain victory also.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: The Scriptures assure us that our Heavenly Father "governs the people with equity." In the midst of 'earthquakes, famines, and plagues," we hear the call: "Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."
 
 
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