Sunday November 14

Gospel of Mark 13:24-32

The stars will fall from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘In those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory; then too he will send the angels to gather his chosen from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of heaven.

‘Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that he is near, at the very gates. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all these things will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

‘But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.’

Jesus says ‘my words will not pass away’. Today, I understand a very different theology of the cosmos than the first century Jewish theology when this Gospel of Mark was written (with its  spectacular imagery and allusion to the prophetic ancient Book of Daniel (7:13)) -However, I feel that the meaning of Jesus’ words in this Gospel are still as relevant as ever.

Jesus speaks to his disciples (and us) with urgency.

Today, I imagine him saying…

Listen to the signs of the times. 

Look around you. 

Live in the present. 

The power of our Creator God is evident in all things

Become more conscious to what is happening 

and be prepared.