Every year about this time, our readings take on an especially apocalyptic tone. Like many of you I am sure, I must confess that I read through these readings a bit differently in the wake of recent events. Regardless of your opinions or preferences in the recent US election, it is hard to ignore the anxiety that is now present within that country and around the world.
It is this kind of anxiety that is present in our Gospel as well.
Jesus is telling us that the day will come when God will seem to disappear; when Jesus will be silently in the grave; when our prayer seems dry and barren.
Perhaps in our marriage, our employment, our vocation, our environment – in some way – for reasons quite unexplainable to us – the lives we have worked so hard to build – the ideals we have tried so hard to hold on to – they will all come down not leaving one stone unturned.
So how are we to respond? Do we journey through life filled with anxiety as we wait for misery to strike? No, for Jesus tells us that we cannot prepare for what may come, but we are to trust that we will be given all that we need for the moment.
And herein lies the question and the lesson: In what do we put our trust? Is it in the temple of our lives that we have built? In our accomplishments, our abilities, our relationships? Or is it in God?
CLICK HERE for the readings for 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Malachi 3:19-20; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19)