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I often wonder how anyone can be an atheist. Today's first reading from Wisdom 13 speaks to that conundrum. "For from the greatness and the beauty of created things, their original author, by analogy, is seen." How can one see the majesty of creation without seeing the creator?

In the Gospel reading from Luke 17, Jesus talks about the return of the Son of Man. He talks about the days of Noah and of Sodom, and how the people were distracted by, well, life. And He warns not to let that happen to us.

The world is filled with distractions. The first reading from Wisdom states it well. "For they search busily among his works, but are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are fair." I believe Satan is the master of distraction. He wants us to be distracted - to take our eyes off the eternal and always be thinking of the temporal. Don't fall for it. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, for you never know when He may return.

Father, save us from the many distractions of the world. Help us to stay focused on the goal of heaven. Amen.

Today's Readings

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