THE END TIMES – 4
November 29, 2013
Today’s gospel: Luke 21:29-33
We are in the end times, but we know not when Jesus is returning in glory. Jesus described how it will be in the end times. Our task is to see, and thus to know that the end times are upon us. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.” (v.29-31).
Do you see the wars, insurrections, emergence of false prophets, earthquakes, famines, plagues, persecution of Christians, hatred by the world, roaring of the sea and the waves? If so, how do you react? Is it just business as usual? Is it being dominated by fear resulting in inaction? Are you filled with dread as to the terrible tribulation that is coming? Or do you see, know, and rejoice that the kingdom of God is near?
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.” (v.32). Some of the disciples then thought Jesus would return in their lifetimes. Obviously Jesus did not. What did take place was the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Some of that generation lived to experience that great tribulation.
But now, Jesus speaks of the signs accompanying the end. And we see those signs. The end is near! However, in the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day, so Jesus might return soon, or then again he might not, perhaps even taking another millennium. But whatever it is, we are surely near the end.
So what do we do? We must intensify our work of evangelization and mission. We must move forward with greater zeal, with topmost urgency, with unwavering endurance and perseverance. We must give our all.
The Lord has spoken much to us and to the Church. We must base our lives on His words. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (v.33). We are all called to the New Evangelization. God has taught us many things, through the ups and downs of our life and work. Much is now expected of us.
Our redemption, and the redemption of those we are able to evangelize, is at hand. See and read the signs of the times. Then go, onward to the New Evangelization.
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God bless you.
“For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.” (Phil 1:21)