If you pay attention to the news, you will see how current events match the Lord’s words in today’s gospel (Lk. 21:5-11). An earthquake in Indonesia kills more than a hundred people. The ongoing war in Ukraine and internecine conflicts in various parts of Africa continue to cause suffering and death. The worldwide impact of the novel Coronavirus, cancer and rise in respiratory illnesses create distress. Drought now spurs food shortage concerns, even as the recent ‘blood moon’ revives apocalyptic thoughts.
The truth is the aforementioned occurrences have been happening throughout our history. There have always been moments of “wars; earthquakes; famines, plagues and signs from the sky”. There is no definitive moment to indicate when the end of the world will occur. But we do know that our own ‘end’ will happen. Each of us will die. It is better to spend our time to prepare for own death, rather than waste our energy in predicting doomsday.
Loving Father, You are the Lord of all time. When the time was right, You created all things and have already planned when everything will end. You determine the moments of our birth and death. As we journey through life, help us to live each day as if it was our last. May the conscious awareness of our death and the power of Your resurrection impart daily hope, as we trust in Your saving love now and forever, amen.
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