Jesus said to his disciples: ‘In those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory; then too he will send the angels to gather his chosen from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of heaven.
‘Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that he is near, at the very gates. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all these things will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
‘But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.’
Gospel for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Darkness and turmoil wreak havoc on us. They sap our strength, drain us of energy and life.
But the dawn of new light, new warmth, is restorative and generative.
Yet sometimes we are tempted to cling to darkness, find security and comfort in what is passing and what will inevitably fail us. We can choose that rather than to dare to believe in the new and the good that is offered us.
Jesus urges us to trust in coming goodness; and to trust in that as we have learnt (are learning?) to trust in him.
- To what passing thing do you cling?
- What about the future worries you?
Sprouting fig leaves. Medjugorje. (c) 2015, Allen Morris.