Jesus groups together the people in the days of Noah and in the days of Lot as example of those who are debased and corrupted, enjoying what life has to offer, unmindful of the Creator and the righteousness he expects of them. They were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, buying and selling, etc.—as if this is all to life. They sought a life of pleasure, according to the Epicurean slogan mentioned by Paul: “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (1 Cor 15:32). This is for those who have no knowledge of God and do not expect life other than in this world. They will suffer the same tragic end like the generations of Noah and Lot. Rather, “the kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom 14:17).
GOSPEL • LUKE 17:26-37
Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all. So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, someone who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise one in the field must not return to what was left behind. Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left.” They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather.”
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