“But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
The days are growing shorter. Advent begins in two weeks. The readings today invite each of us to contemplate the end-time — the Second Coming of the Lord and the end of history as we know it. The older we are the more likely we might ponder what happens when it all comes to an end. We would be foolish if we didn’t.
Every particle of God’s creation wears a little tag that says “Return to Creator.” When and how? No one knows for sure. Jesus says “Be alive and alert! Live in the present moment with peace and gratitude, but live in expectation of the End too!” God knows what time it is. It is November 15, 2015. It is time to join the company of those who believe “He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.”
—Fr. Paul Harman, S.J. is a Jesuit of the USA Northeast Province. He has worked in Jesuit formation and over many years has been a valued administrator at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.
Lord help us to commit our lives to making the Gospel come alive each day—even in the boring, usually hidden, often humdrum ways in which we care for and reach out to one another… especially those on the margins, those without a voice. With you as our companion, let us walk forward steadfast in faith, joyful in hope, untiring in love.Please share the Good Word with your friends!