November 26, 2015
Thursday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time
Dn 6: 12-28, Lk21/20-28
The Awaited Time
In today’s Gospel passage Jesus continues his prophecy of the end
times. Here Jesus speaks of the fall of Jerusalem and the end of the world. “When
you see Jerusalem being surrounded by enemies you will know that its desolation
is near.” The images used in the passage are mainly apocalyptic and from the
Old Testament. He speaks of various apocalyptic and cataclysmic signs
indicating the end of times. They need not be taken as exact foretelling of
things to happen in future. They have similarities with the vision of Daniel of
the Son of Man riding on a cloud with great power and glory.
These descriptions are to be taken as symbolic way of speaking.
They are not intended to frighten us but they should fill us with hope and joy
as we see at the end of the passage. For those who lead a wicked life these
lines are sure to fill their hearts with apprehension and fear. But for a
believer of Jesus, it will be the time to “stand up” and “lift up our heads.”
For a person who leads a virtuous life trusting in the mercy of the Lord, these
will be the signs for his eternal reward. The time will be near for us to take
up our place in the ‘victory procession of the Lamb of God’. It will be a time
of consolation and hope, pride and joy for the disciples of Jesus. The awaited
time has come, ‘because the redemption is drawing near’.
So let us lead our life with this hope in our hearts that the
master is coming to his disciples. Let us remain awake to receive the
‘bridegroom’. Let our life be one of awakening. Many live a life of slumber
forgetting the basic Christian tenets. The glitter and glow of material wealth
and worldly pleasures blind many. Today’s Gospel passage ends with a note of
hope as we come to the end of the liturgical cycle also. Let us be reminded
that we are not called to be doomed, nor are we called to be dooms day
prophets. We are called to be men and women of hope.
Dr. Martin Mallathu CMI