Saturday, November 12, 2016

Sunday 33C: The end of the world is here and now

“See that you not be deceived,
for many will come in my name, saying,
‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’
Do not follow them!
When you hear of wars and insurrections,
do not be terrified; for such things must happen first,
but it will not immediately be the end.”

Some use death, fear of the unknown future to manipulate,  mislead,  deceive

In fact entire religious belief systems are built around fear inducing threats such as the superstition that the end of the world is always imminent

But it is not that way for us

Yes: the world will end for us one day, whether through death or the judgment of the second coming 
But in the meantime this is not our concern?

What are we to do?

Turn always back to the sure sources of Faith
What are these?

Scripture and Tradition

Through which Revelation comes according to God’s will and plan in Christ Jesus


For example: Christ teaches “it is not for you to know the day or the hour” for the end of the world.

Each of us has a responsibility to seek the answers through Scripture and Church teaching about it: the Magisterium

This takes time, effort, attention and love.

But that is one reason why we are here, together, every week: to dedicate ourselves to the breaking of bread, the Eucharist, the Scripture and prayers.

On Sundays we celebrate His Resurrection and make it more fully our own expectation and hope.

This is what we build our lives on: not fear but hope in Jesus Christ, alive here with us in the grace of the sacraments, above all the Eucharist, so that we may be with Him one day at the right hand of the Father.

In the Church we live the will of God so that we might come to know the Lord Jesus more intimately and follow Him more closely in love each day.