From a Creighton Student's Perspective
November 22, 2011
Senior, International Relations and Business Major
We are told in today’s Gospel about the second coming and the events that must occur before the Son of Man returns. The opening of the Gospel includes the questioning of ornate and costly decorations in the Temple. Jesus says that they can be ignored as they will make no difference as buildings will fall and all will be leveled in the End.
Luke’s reading almost sounds as if it belongs in the Book of Revelation with the dark language about the End. He quotes Jesus: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place…” (Luke 21:10-11) Sounds dismal, huh? As this is the Gospel, we are told about signs in many different ways and this is the classic fodder used by extremists and Doomsday-followers to claim that we are perpetually in the End of Days.
But does it matter if we are in the End of Days? Yes, there is starvation in the world. Yes, nations are at war. Yes, earthquakes are always in the news. But as the Lord says, “Be not afraid!” If we live as believers in God and the power of the resurrection, not only of Jesus, but of ourselves then we should fear not the world around us if we have faith.
Lesson of the day: Give it up. We should not give up in our endeavors, but give our stresses up to the Lord. Pray. Trust. Ask for peace and guidance. If we always do this, then we should have nothing to fear, even if it is the End of Days.
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