Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

The Time of Tribulation will not last forever: Thursday 34th Week

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Breakfast With the Word Thursday 34th Week Ordinary Time of the Year B

 

 

Luke 21:20-28

 

 

 

The time of tribulation is a time of severe trials, suffering and distress. It is a time of great affliction which arises from oppression and persecution.

 

 

In today’s gospel, Jesus continues to talk about the time of great tribulation which will befall Jerusalem.

 

At this time, there will be grievous trouble and severe suffering. But Jesus also assures His hearers that this time of great trouble will also be for a moment.

 

 

Therefore, are you in a situation where you think God has abandoned you? Is there any form of suffering and trouble that have continually besieged you and you believe there is no more hope again in your life?

 

Sometimes this type of trouble has made you lose hope in life and even lose faith in God. Always know that life comes in phases.

 

The times of great troubles also come and go. Nothing in life also lasts forever. One day everything will surely be over.

 

 

 

 

Historical Analysis

 

In A.D. 70, Jesus’ prediction of the time of great tribulation came to fulfillment. He warned them that whenever they see a group of armies surrounding Jerusalem, then it is a sign that the time desolation is near.

 

 

In A.D 70 when the Roman armies surrounded the city, many took this warning for granted, some who are yet to understand the message of Jesus thought it is the time for Jesus’ glorious return to save them from the hands of their adversaries.

 

But Christians who knew what was said ran across the River Jordan to Pella. History records that 1.1 million Jews were killed and up to 97000 were taken captive. The destruction was highly devastating.

 

 

 

This happened because they ignored the warnings of God’s servants. Despite how heavy the time of tribulation was, there was a time it still came to an end.

 

Although many Jews went into exile. But after thousands of years of exile, a Jewish state was miraculously established in Israel again in 1948. Such is life. After the rain comes sunshine.

 

 

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The End is Always Hard.

 

Sometimes it is at the point of liberation, that you encounter the hardest affliction. The end is always hard.

 

 

Do we remember that the event before the resurrection is suffering, crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.

 

Also in the gospel today, Jesus says that whenever you see these things happen, stand strong and erect, keep your heads high, because it is a sign that the time of liberation is at hand.

 

Therefore, If you are passing through any form of difficulty in life. Keep your head high and focus. The Igbo adage says Mgbe o na ara ahu ka o na ebi ( the end is always at the time when it becomes so hard) Such is life.

 

 

The time of tribulation is a time we go through the hardest distress. It is a time we may even think of ending our lives but despite that, it is also a time to remain resolute.

 

 

This is the time we have to pray the hardest and work the hardest. It may still be a sign that the circumstance is coming to an end.

 

 

The end of life, pregnancy, academics, even relationships etc is always hard and such is the end of every situation we face in life.

 

 

 

Do not give up on God, rather focus on God for more strength to pass through these trying experiences in life.

 

 

Never allow weakness when God has already prepared your victory. Do not be tempted to lose hope when you are already at the end of the difficult race.

 

This is a time your faith is put to the test. At this time many friends may abandon you. Sometimes they will say many things about you that may make you live in regrets but say no to any negative voice.

 

 

Remember that the Jews ignored God’s warnings. Because of that, they plunged themselves in danger.

 

Therefore, Do not ignore God at this time, rather be close to Him, intensify your prayers, feed your soul with His words.

 

 

Use the inspiration you may gather from this divine encounter and work your way out. Always know that everything has an expiring date.

 

 

 

May God bless you dearest and give us the strength to remain strong in the midst of every affliction. Amen

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91 Comments
  1. Okoro Kingsley Akachukwu says

    Amen

    1. Ifedioramma says

      Lord may I be strong in times of trouble

    2. Helen says

      Amen! Thank you Padre 🙏 infact, this reflection is for me and my household. Tough times they say don’t last but tough people do. Thank You Jesus for making us stand strong and tall in Your word. We are not the best or the worst but still You made a name for Yourself.

      Glory be to Your name. We cannot thank You enough Lord, even if all our body is filled with mouth, it is still not enough to thank You.

      More grace Padre 🙏 🙏🙏

      Jesus, we trust in You🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌

    3. Okeke Chioma Agatha says

      Amen….. nice

  2. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen

  3. Ogechi Anugwom says

    Amen 🙏

    1. Clara says

      Amen Padre. I pray for God ‘s grace not to give up. It can be discouraging but I believe and I know that I will smile at last.

      Thank u Padre and all glory to Jesus

    2. Munachimso onuoha says

      Amen

  4. Kubiat says

    Amen. I will do my best and stay true to the end until God save me. Really blessed

  5. Chineke Nkeiruka says

    I pray that God will continue to give me the grace to stand and overcome every affliction in Jesus name Amen

  6. Chisom Catherine says

    Amen

  7. Thompson Nwabueze says

    Not again blessed and encouraged with the WORD. Many thanks to you Padre Santus. I pray for the spirit of Obedience.

    1. Stella Ekwemalor says

      Amen.oh Lord please I need your help.am becoming weak and tired.please strengthen me I prayed.amen

  8. BeatriceKc says

    Amen. Oh, God may I never lack the grace to be strong in You especially in trouble times 🙏

  9. Nnopuechi Emmanuel says

    May God bless and keep us, Amen.

  10. Anthony Elijah says

    Lord help us to stand firm in you and may we never loose faith. Amen 🙏

  11. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen. Thank you fr

  12. Ugwu Grace Ngozi says

    Amen, God bless you Padre

    1. Eneduwa Josephine says

      I love this words cos they are inspiring, it reminds me of my late parents who also thought me the following:

      * Trust God always
      * Don’t give up cos God is not
      through with you
      * Always be yourself
      * Be contented with what you have
      * Be mindful of the kind of friends
      around you
      Ill always put them to practice with God helping me. It so hard to lose them especially now that I need them most but it is well, I really miss them Fr. May the souls of Christopher and Monica Eneduwa rest in peace. Amen

  13. Emilia Arinze says

    Wonderful Jesus please help us to finish strong , been able to read the handwriting on the wall when the time comes, that tough times doesn’t last but tough people too. Your mercy is needed oh Lord.

  14. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    My victory is now. I overcome by the blood of the lamb and the words of my testimony. Amen

  15. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen. Thanks father

    1. christiana uche says

      Trials and tribulations are just period that life test us and tends to find out how strong our foundation is deeply rooted. Sometimes, it enable us discover who we are. We have to keep on keeping on no matter the phase life gives us

  16. Margaretmary Azegbeobor says

    Trials and difficulties are only but for a moment. I pray for God’s grace to carry on in the midst of battles

  17. Mercy E Johnny says

    Thank you Jesus for ur light n courage in this moment of trails in my life and thank you for the gift of ur servant Fr Sanctus Mario. Fill him with more inspirations through Christ our Lord. Amen

  18. EZE Henry Chinedu says

    Amen

  19. Nwokedike Chinenye says

    Amen

    Oh Lord, strengthen me as I journey in life. Give me the grace to be firm in matters concerning you, AMEN.

    God bless you Fr

    1. Carmela U. Ekwem says

      Amen! & Amen! Thanks & God bless you too Fr.

  20. Chidimma says

    A difficult tile in one’s life will always look like the world is coming to an end for the person but sometimes, it’s always a way that God tests our faith so we shouldn’t relent cos as we get good things from God, so shall we also expect the other one. So to be powerful and encouraged in times of trials and tribulations is only by God’s grace and our faith that can save us when it comes. I part for his sufficient grace upon is. God bless you

    1. Ifeoma Chikelu says

      May his grace always guide and protect us in time of problems and difficulties in Jesus name Amen

  21. Lazarus Okoroafor Andrew says

    Thanks Padre for this spiritual food ànd the encouragement you have given me. In times of tribulation and trials there something good about to come. May this word bear positive fruit in our lives through Christ our Lord. Amen

  22. Okereke Festus says

    Thank you Lord for your Love which endures forever. AMEN

    1. Blessing Francis says

      Thank you dear Lord.May your word bear good fruits in our life.

  23. Okpuzor Victor says

    These words are really encouraging. God is really out to save us. He is more than faithful to fail us. May His words be blessed in our hearts Amen

  24. Lois Blessing Paul says

    Amen

  25. Ijeoma Ugorji says

    May God grant us the grace of perseverance to endure till the end because it’s not always easy. Most times, the pains we go through at the ending maybe so much that many give up at that point. It takes the grace of God to hold on till the end. May God in His love and Mercy strengthen us to carry on until we’re crowned with glory. Amen.

    1. Carmela U. Ekwem says

      Amen! & Amen! Thanks & God bless you too Fr.

  26. Mbama Christiana says

    Thank you Padre for this wonderful message. May God give us the grace to remain faithful to Him till the end of time. Amen

  27. Eze Ezinne promise says

    Amen

  28. Esther Omalle says

    Amen. Thanks Fr.

  29. ANGELA MADU says

    Amen
    A tick darkness comes at the breaking of the day.
    May God give us the grace to head to His warnings always

  30. Danny Hansel says

    May God strengthen us to stand the hard time in our lives in Jesus name. Amen.

  31. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn, thanks Padre. More grace

  32. Adichie Lilian Chizoba says

    Amen. Thank you father for such an encouraging write up

  33. Chibuzor says

    Oh God make me to be a better person, know your words and for ur will. As my family pass this tribulations, please shine ur face on us and show us the way, never allow our enemy to wear us garment of shame. Amen Jesus I trust in you

  34. Cephas George says

    God help me to always hold on to You in every condition I see myself.

  35. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen and Amen thank you fr. Remain bless and more grace.

  36. Mrs Anaele Mary Chinelo says

    Amen

    1. Bena says

      Amen and Thanks Fr. for the inspiration and encouragement, I believe and have hope that all the tribulations will come to an end. Have a feeling that this 21 journey will bring peace of soul and mind.

  37. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    Amen …🙏🙏 may God help us …..

  38. Prisca says

    Rightly said Padre, after rain comes sunshine, may the Good Lord give us the strength to carry on in these trying times and believe the end of our troubles will come. AMEN

  39. Ugochukwu Gregory Onochie says

    Amen. Thank you Padre for the word this morning; truly comforting

  40. Oghenenyerhovwo says

    I will always remain steadfast. My time is coming.. Thank you Padre for this breakfast

    1. Ifeoma Chikelu says

      May his mercy envelope us in Jesus name Amen

  41. Obinna says

    Amen.
    Thank you Fr.

  42. Ujunwa felicity says

    The time of tribulations will not last forever, also our sufferings will not last forever. We should know that it’s towards our liberation that the sufferings will seems too hard but should not give up rather we should trust God more because there’s no glory without a cross.

  43. Ogbuji Vivian Daberechi says

    God I need your grace to stand strong in the midst of every affliction. Amen.

  44. Onyiam Ogechi says

    Amen.
    May the Lord grant us the Grace not compromise or fall off during tribulations in the Mighty Name of Jesus AMEN.

    Your Grace oh Lord 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏.
    Good morning Father

  45. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre

  46. Modesta says

    Thank you Padre for this,you literally spoke to me… today’s word is a stronghold….Dearest Jesus may I Never lose focus,may I remain steadfast in you

  47. OJIOGBU JACINTA says

    Amen

  48. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen Amen Amen fire

    1. Omanukwue Adaora says

      God’s grace is needed to overcome trials and tribulations without missing steps. Lord, we need sufficient grace. Amen

  49. ANYANWU PRISCA NGOZI says

    Thank you Padre. God has used you today to save a soul. This word is for me… This is a time in my life I have decided to surrender my entire life to God. Thank you once again.

  50. Njideka Aniagolu says

    Many are the affiliation of the righteous but God delivers them all.
    Thank you for sharing these encouraging words.

    May we always remain firm in the face of adversities and continue to trust God even when it’s doesn’t make sense to us. Amen.

  51. Golu Chetachukwu Angela says

    Amen 🙏 Thanks for this beautiful reflection, Padre.
    I pray that the Lord, increase his grace in us to remain steadfast in him always and persevere till the end, especially in our trying times. Bearing in mind that he cannot forsake us… For sorrow may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
    Let us be hopeful and always draw strength from him, for one day, all these shall pass over. God is still God!! He has never changed, and can never change because of us.
    Let us cast our fears unto him. Believing that he’s aware of our troubles and is very much capable of saving us. Nothing is impossible for God, for he’s the author and finisher of our faith.
    Hence, we love, uphold him as our priority in our lives and doesn’t relent, we’re assured of true happiness and redemption from our ugly situations at the end. Thank you Jesus, for this word, Amen 🙏

  52. Lady PC Maurice says

    Yes, d darkest night ushers in the morning. Let us not look behind in this heavenly race or falter in any situation. The grace n mercy of God will surely strengthen n hold us firm in our struggles to reach that Beulah land.

  53. James Mailoushi says

    Amen, may God’s grace be sufficient for us always. Remain blessed Fr

  54. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr.

  55. Blessing Ugwuanyi says

    Amen

    Thanks so much for inspiring me

    I have suffered so much emotionally,I have lost my dad, and two brothers recently which makes me to always break down in tears but hearing this morning has repair my soul

    Thanks Fr Sanctus

  56. Nwoye Ngozi says

    Amen
    Bless you more Fr

  57. Ifeoma Chikelu says

    Amen God see us through

  58. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen.oh Lord please I need your help.am becoming weak and tired.please strengthen me I prayed.amen

  59. Ugwuanyi Juliet says

    Amen. God should please give me the strength needed to carry on.

  60. Paxk says

    Pls Lord grant us the grace and courage to remain steadfast amidst tribulations. Amen 🙏

  61. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, nay God give us the grace to remain steadfast

  62. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. Consoling indeed! Thank you Father

  63. Joy says

    Amen, I am a living witness, it’s usually hard at the edge of breakthrough, but as the saying goes……there is light at the end of every tunnel. Remain blessed Fr.

  64. Anujue Ifeanyichukwu Godwin says

    More grace from God to place our hope and trust in God.Amen

  65. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    My lord and my God, may I remain faithful and strong to the end, no matter what happens. I pray in Jesus name, amen

  66. Okoro Kingsley Akachukwu says

    May God strengthen us all. Amen

  67. Obianuju says

    Amen

  68. Ochuba Ebuka says

    Troublesome waters around us would always become calm with time…

    I pick the remaining resolute and steadfast in keeping my head high!
    God comes through for us everything

    Mgbe ụwa kacha afu ka ose ka oji adi mma
    Many thanks Padre for all you do and most especially for this inspiration to keep keeping on

  69. Madu chinaza lovelyn says

    Amen.
    God I thank you for talking to my soul, I pray that gives me the grace to persevere in everything I do in life. Amen

  70. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. God, may you give me the grace to remain resolute till the end.

  71. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen o

  72. Duru Prisca Uchechi says

    Thank you so much Fr, this word has strengthened my faith in God knowing fully well that after rain come sun

  73. Inya Joseph says

    In time of Tribulation remains resolute, close to God and intensify your prayers because the end is always tougher and after the tunnel comes sunshine

  74. Prospera Bawa says

    Ameen🙏🏼

  75. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    I pray that God will give me the grace to persevere in the face of serious life and health challenges. Actually, my husband if my Cross; sometimes it appears so heavy that I feel like running away and abandoning it(him ). Thank God for His ministration and support. Am enriched and will always be grateful to you, Ukochukwu Ebeebe. May you be blessed forever!

  76. Christian says

    Amen,

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