Sunday, November 15, 2009

The End?

The days grow short. The liturgical year grows old.

And, in the Gospel at Mass today, Jesus speaks of end times.

From Mark Chapter 13:

Jesus said to his disciples:

"In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, 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, and then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.

"Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.

"In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates.

"Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

"But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

A Concord Pastor offers some background on today's Mass readings.

In his homily for this Sunday, Deacon Greg smartly observes that this Gospel passage "sounds like the preview for the new movie '2012.'"

The photo above is by Marco Bellucci.

1 comment:

St Edwards Blog said...

Time did not allow me to write about the Scriptures today. I love how the year winds down...