33rd Sunday Year B
The world in which we live is a very uncertain one. It seems to lurch from one crisis to another. This uncertainty can cause great fear and anxiety. In the midst of this uncertain and changing world, we need something to rely on. For a Christian that can mean only one thing: Faith in God. Today’s Responsorial Psalm puts it this way: ‘I keep the Lord ever in my sight: since He is at my right hand, I shall stand firm’. And, of course, we also have the words of Jesus: ‘Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.’
This is all we have. But then this is all we need. The assurance that all things are in God’s hands. That His plan for us and the world will be fulfilled. Christ will reign. God will reign. And we will reign with Him in the everlasting life.
Many people have claimed to know when the end of the world will come. Some claim a special revelation from God, or from Mary, and others claim to have calculated it from the Bible. All such claims should be ignored because they are false.
Today’s Gospel gives a timely message about the end of the world. Jesus tells us that no one knows when the end will come except the Heavenly Father. And with regard to the end, we should be HOPEFUL rather than FEARFUL. Because GOD MADE US FOR SALVATION AND NOT FOR DAMNATION.
Faith gives us the conviction that the world is not heading towards final irreversible catastrophe. Nor is it headed towards mere ending. It is headed towards fulfilment. By His Easter victory Jesus has triumphed over evil and death. We should worry more about the end of our own individual world at death, which is a certainty, than about the end of the whole world, which is out of our hands.
(See McCarthy, F 1999. New Sunday and Holy Day Liturgies: Year B. Dublin: Dominican PuBlications.)
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