The first reading from Thursday was the familiar story of Daniel and the lions' den. The powerful words of Daniel come to mind after he is spared by his God he had served so constantly—as the king said twice. Those words are so powerful:
“O king, live forever!
My God has sent his angel and closed the lions’ mouths
so that they have not hurt me.
For I have been found innocent before him;
neither to you have I done any harm, O king!” ~ Daniel 6:22-23
Furthermore with the saving power, Christ himself have words on this in how we should act when it is in our midst: "But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand" (Luke 21:28).
"Your redemption is at hand." Do not be afraid of what is to come for God does—and has done more than—just save us from lions or the other natural terrors, but also from the certain death we have apart from Him. Cling to Him. He is waiting and eternal life with Him is awaiting you.
May God bless you.
First: Dn 6:12-28
Responsorial Psalm: Daniel 3:68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74
Gospel: Lk 21:20-28