The End of Times

Gospel Luke 21:5-19 

Dear friends, we are almost at the end of the liturgical year in the Church. Next Sunday is the feast of Christ the King and is the 34th Sunday in ordinary time and the last Sunday of the year. During this time we should reflect about the end of time and that our lives do not last forever. Whatever plans we make should take our final destiny into account, not only our future. We should take into account the day of the Lord, the second coming of Jesus as our judge. Do not fear that life will come to an end; rather fear that it will never begin again. Everything has a beginning and end.

The temple that was built in today’s Gospel was of a grand scale, beautiful and magnificent, with people admiring it. But Jesus said that not one stone will be left. It will be destroyed despite its beauty. Just like our human bodies are destined to fall with death. People don’t like to think about their last days but there are four things to think about. The Christian theology of eschatology is the study of ‘end things’ – death, judgement, Heaven and hell. Every human person must experience these last times.

The first reading says that eternity beckons, time passes away and to count your days. In the second reading, for the idle man there is no need to work, just to wait and not even to take his family responsibility seriously. However, good seeds germinate and bad seeds rot. Death can’t hold good people in soil forever; they will rise to Jesus Christ. We need to compare our lives to good or bad seeds, and if they will lead us to God. The day of the Lord is determined by our present life.

What are we doing while we are waiting for the Lord? Are we involved in good works of love that can send us to God? Love for the less fortunate is very important, like today’s world day of the poor charity event. We need to prepare daily for death and judgement. Be ready to face our own death through love, mercy and compassion. This is what the Gospel message is about. Endeavour to love in such a way that when the time comes, we rest in peace and not in pieces.