Jesus paints a sober truth in today’s gospel. He says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Mk. 13:31). Since the only lasting thing is the word of the Lord, then it makes pure sense to attach ourselves to it, because everything else fades away. The gifts God imparts to us on earth, and the conjecture of what we think heaven will be, all diminish over time. His word remains forever.
This stark reality serves to both guide and warn us. When we allow His word to shape our thoughts, intentions, choices and activities, we are given the assurance of His presence and peace. When we stray from His word, but turn back to Him, we are forgiven and bathed with His merciful love.
By striving to deliberately live by God’s word, we can look forward to His return, not with fear, but with eager anticipation.
Lord Jesus, may Your word be the light that leads us out of darkness into Your saving presence. Help us to joyfully watch for Your return. Amen.
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