“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away…”
Gospel: Mark 13:24-32
24 “But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. 27 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. 28 “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. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Jesus speaks of His second coming and of the end of world. He tells people to be aware of the signs of the times. He draws parallels between the sacking of Jerusalem in AD 70 and the future prediction of the actual end of the world when he says “…this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.” Most importantly he tells us that “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” and that no-one knows the date of these events except God the Father alone.
Relating the Gospel to our lives today.
My Husband works with a guy who (believing the prediction) has actually booked Dec 21st off work this year! To do what I don’t know! I just love the way he has scheduled the Mayan apocalypse into his diary! Of course no-one but God the Father knows the date of the end of the world or the second coming of Jesus, but we can be sure of one thing – it is going to happen at some point. What if it was scheduled for tomorrow?! Are you ready? Is there anything you wished you had done in time? Perhaps all of us would wish we had made that long-awaited trip to the confessional we had been promising ourselves, but never quite get around to doing!
Bringing the Gospel into our families.
Of course it is entirely possible that we will not live to see the second coming of Jesus. We may meet our maker much sooner than this, like our relatives gone before us. This life is only temporary. All our money and possessions, and even our bodies are only temporary. Jesus tells us that eventually all these things will pass away, but His words will never pass away. What we do with our time here on earth is up to us. God has given us free will. Are we using our time responsibly, or are we wasting it on things that will in time simply pass away?
- If I was to meet Jesus tomorrow, am I ready?
- What do I need to do to be ready?
- Jesus loves me and always offers me His unending mercy.
Help me to be a good parent. Help me to value more the things that will not pass away. Help me to understand Your words. Thank You for giving Yourself to us in the Eucharist so we may come face to face with You in this life. Give me the strength and courage to one day meet You face to face in the next. I am safe in Your love and I trust in Your mercy.
Thank You, I love You Jesus. Amen.