November 18, 2018

Mark 13:24 Jesus said:
“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.

Mark 13:28   “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.

Mark 13:32   “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

This is the final teaching of Jesus' public ministry
The language is very symbolic
but through our meditation
we all be able to enter into it
and enjoy it!

The apocalyptic discourse we find in Mark is meant to offer those believers [who were wondering why the Lord had not yet come back again ] convictions that would sustain their hope. We must not take them literally. instead we must try to discover the faith contained in these images and symbols that seem so strange to us today.

The first conviction: The eventful, hectic history of humanity will one day come to an end.

The second conviction: Jesus will return and his followers will be able to look upon his longed-for face.

Third conviction: Jesus will bring us the salvation of God. There will be no threat in his appearance. The Gospel writer avoids speaking here of Judgement or condemnation. Jesus comes to reunify his elect, those who wait for his salvation with faith.

Fourth conviction: The words of Jesus will not pass away. They will not lose their saving power. They will continue sustaining the hope of his followers and the life of the poor. We are not heading for a void or a vacuum. The embrace of God awaits us.

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Thought for the day

Our expression “to have time for someone” is a heart-warming one, because giving time to someone is a real gift of myself, part of our consciousness of being human. The opposite—lack of time—is expressed in another idiom “Money rich but time poor.” To be poor in time is a great deprivation, even when self-inflicted. It is all a question of perspective, values and choices. We do need to value the fleeting time we have and not live only towards a future, as yet unreal, moment. In the words of St Paul, Look, now is the acceptable time; look, now is the day of salvation! (2Corinthians 6:2)



1. Jesus speaks of the established order falling apart, but the collapse of the old order opened the way for new possibilities. When have you seen something new and hopeful emerge after the collapse of something that you had expected to endure much longer, perhaps even for ever?

2. The parable of the fig tree. Even in winter it begins to put forth leaves which give a hint of the fruit to come. Where have you found signs of hope in a wintry situation – in your own life, in the life of some group, in the life of the Church?

3. Jesus proposes no clear time-scale for the events being foretold, so the final sentence (v. 32) is a call to alertness, to live the present to the full. What different does it make to you when you are able to live the present moment to the full?