In today’s Gospel, we focus on what will take place in the end times. The words of our Lord
Jesus in today’s Gospel (Luke 21:5-19) are words that every one of us need to pay close attention to because Our Lord speaks of the things that will soon affect every person on this earth.
Our Lord Jesus begins by speaking of the Temple of Jerusalem which would be destroyed in the year 70 AD. Yet, Jesus uses this opportunity not just to speak about the coming destruction of the Temple, but He also reminds us that this world as we know it is going to drastically change.
He speaks of deceivers who will come in His name. He speaks of wars and rumors of wars. He speaks of nations rising against nations and kingdoms against kingdoms. We have seen all of these signs in this current generation in which we live today, but Our Lord does not stop there.
He continues to speak of natural disasters such as earthquakes, famines, and plagues. Yet, He reminds us that at some future point these sorts of occurrences will reach a peak and Mother Nature will wreak havoc on this world in ways that are unprecedented. We will be forced to realize that we are no longer in control over the situations taking place around us.
We hear a lot in our time today about climate change and our need to take care of the earth in order to prevent future calamities. There is nothing wrong in that, but ultimately we must recognise that God is in control and, in the end, He will take care of the earth.
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In fact, He tells us that as the Second Coming approaches, it will be more and more difficult to practice our faith. It will be hard to stand strong against persecution. The faithful will be handed over to kings and governors because of Jesus' Name. Even parents, brothers, relatives, and friends will betray us. Our Lord says that we will be hated by all.
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We need to trust that the Holy Spirit enabled him to be chosen, and we need to pray for his conversion. We need to pray for him to stand strong for religious freedom. We need to pray that he stand firm in his commitment to
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Today’s Gospel calls us to keep our hearts and minds focused on the coming of our Lord’s Kingdom. The devil wants to destroy God’s plan. He is building his own world order, but his power will be crushed by Jesus Christ through the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary.
Therefore, let us hold firm to the gift of faith. May God give us His help, strength, and perseverance to the end. Amen!