Be ready! Be hopeful!

Mark 13:24-32

 

As the end of the liturgical year approaches (we start advent soon). Jesus uses apocalyptic imagery with a powerful message.

Apocalyptic literature is very graphic and full of powerful imagery. It deals with the victory of God and God’s people over evil and the forces of evil.

 

Jesus promises victory over sin for those who trust in Him.

There is a reference of things that happened soon after Jesus was speaking.

There is also a reference to the end of the world as we know it.

 

Persecutions of the early Christian community started with Jesus Himself. Also not too many years later the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish world as they knew it.

 

So many dates have been proposed by so many, so many times about the end of the world.

However, Jesus Himself said that only the  Father knew that date! So much for the exact dates that some come up with!!

 

So many things remind us that we are not fully in charge of our own destiny. Human beings are clever with a spark of the Devine in us. However, we are not God.

 

Pandemics, illness, natural phenomena and so many other things remind us that though we are so gifted and created in the image of God we are nonetheless still limited still only human.

 

Sometimes evil can seem overwhelming.

Jesus reminds us that ultimately we share in the resurrection and the victory of Christ.

 

In this time just before and during advent, we are reminded not to get stuck in complacency or mediocrity. We are not slaves of sin. We must not keep putting off the right choices that we need to make!

 

Jesus will never abandon us.

Heaven and earth may pass away but my word will never pass away.

 

So even though society can so often depart from the way God calls us to be fully who we are created to be, we must never lose our sense of hope.

 

No darkness is more powerful than the light of Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

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