Gospel: MK 13:24-32
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."
+Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blessed and in our souls take up your rest. Amen
A point to ponder are the beautiful words our Lord reminds us of in this passage: “He is near, at the gates”-
What do those words bring into your mind and heart? Do we think of the final moments that will come one day for each one of us, in our lives. What will those final moments be like? Will we feel fear or peace? A yearning and longing for God, and or unsettled angst and terror?
As a young sister, I worked in our Aids Hospice, Gift of Love, in San Francisco. I was at the deathbed of many men. I saw both dispositions in the men. Some had fear and anger even until the last moment, as you tried to hold their hand and pray, they would thrash and push away from you. Some men had peace and a joyful expectation and a very holy light, you felt their deathbed a very sacred place, I remember feeling that “he is near, at the gates” with one man, Henry. He was something special, an ole southerner from Mississippi. He made his peace with the Lord. He was looking forward to the Lord’s coming, he was so peaceful. I remember when his hand slipped out of mine in the final moments, when he passed into eternal life and I had just the deepest awareness of Jesus’s nearness. When we live our daily life in friendship of God, we walk in peace, we are not afraid of punishment, we have nothing to hide, nothing to be afraid of, His nearness is our comfort. But when we walk contrary to God’s ways and Love we find ourselves always ‘looking over our shoulders’, always in fear hiding from His gaze. In the Garden of Eden, When Adam and Eve sinned, they hid themselves from God, when they heard him near. (Gen 2:8) Our Lord doesn’t want us to live like this, afraid of His voice and His breath so to speak, living in fear of Him, He loves us tenderly. He wants His Presence to be for us, our comfort our hope, our strength and our joy, He wants to be our All! When someone loves another intensely, it pains their heart to think that they would be anything else. He wants to share our life with us, He wants to love us and be with us always near to us. He who is Beauty wants to stir our hearts and draw them into the very Beauty of Life. He comes to us many times in a single day. He is often close, near…at the gates. Do I pay attention Him? Do I acknowledge His presence in my soul.
Prayer: Jesus in my heart, I believe in your tender love for me, I love you Jesus Amen