THE SERVANT GENERAL
WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
END TIMES - 4
Today’s gospel: Luke 21:29-33
We are in the end times, but we know not when Jesus is returning
in glory. Jesus described how it will be in the end times.
Our task is to see, and thus to know that the end times are
upon us. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know
that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these
things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.”
Do you see the wars, insurrections, emergence of false prophets,
earthquakes, famines, plagues, persecution of Christians,
hatred by the world, roaring of the sea and the waves? If
so, how do you react? Is it just business as usual? Is it
being dominated by fear resulting in inaction? Are you filled
with dread as to the terrible tribulation that is coming?
Or do you see, know, and rejoice that the kingdom of God is
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, this generation will
not pass away until all these things have taken place.”
(v.32). Some of the disciples then thought Jesus would return
in their lifetimes. Obviously Jesus did not. What did take
place was the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Some of
that generation lived to experience that great tribulation.
But now, Jesus speaks of the signs accompanying the end. And
we see those signs. The end is near! However, in the Lord
a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a
day, so Jesus might return soon, or then again he might not,
perhaps even taking another millennium. But whatever it is,
we are surely near the end.
what do we do? We must intensify our work of evangelization
and mission. We must move forward with greater zeal, with
topmost urgency, with unwavering endurance and perseverance.
We must give our all.
The Lord has spoken much to us and to the Church. We must
base our lives on His words. “Heaven and earth will
pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (v.33).
We are all called to the New Evangelization. We in CFC-FFL
have been prepared for over 32 years. God has taught us many
things, through the ups and downs of our life and work. Much
is now expected of us.
Our redemption, and the redemption of those we are able to
evangelize, is at hand. See and read the signs of the times.
Then go, onward to the New Evangelization.