November 29, 2014
Saturday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time A
Daily Mass Reading AUDIO
Put on the Armor of God
In the year 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted. It was a huge and terrifying eruption. The mount spawned a deadly cloud of volcanic gas, stones, ash and fumes to a height of 33 km , spewing molten rock and pulverized pumice at the rate of 1.5 million tons per second, ultimately releasing a hundred thousand times the thermal energy released by the Hiroshima bombing. The towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum were obliterated and buried underneath massive pyroclastic flows and lava. An estimated 16,000 people died from the eruption. Why did so many people die? It is said the Romans grew accustomed to minor earth tremors in the region; the writer Pliny the Younger wrote that they “were not particularly alarming because they are frequent in Campania”. Before four days to the eruption, small earthquakes started taking place, becoming more frequent over the next four days, but the warnings were not recognized.
It is time for us to hear the warning of Jesus to recognize the signs and pray always. St.Paul would add, put on the armor of God so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground.
Dr Cyril Kuttiyanickal CMI