Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking, and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed all of them. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day that Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and destroyed all of them —it will be like that on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, anyone on the housetop who has belongings in the house must not come down to take them away; and likewise anyone in the field must not turn back.
Remember Lot’s wife. Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it.I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken and the other left.” Then they asked him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”
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.
On Tuesday, the United States elected a new president. One of the greatest difficulties that we all will face moving forward is how we can reconcile with one another after a time of deep division. Perhaps one of the great temptations that the communities in today’s Gospel faced, and that we now face, is to react to this discord with vengeance, complaint, or even despair.
The point of today’s reading is not that God wants to punish us. Rather, God wants us to free us from what keeps us from love of him and one another. So as we move forward after a difficult election, and in the midst of confusing division, let us not forget that we belong to each other. Let us reject the fear of admitting our own failures, and forgiving those of others. Perhaps this way we can begin to heal what may be broken.
“…I ask you,
not as though I were writing a new commandment
but the one we have had from the beginning:
let us love one another.”
—2 John 1:5