Gospel: Lk 21:29-33
And Jesus added this comparison, “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as their buds sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I tell you, this generation will not pass away, until all this has happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
To be a visionary is a gift. It is a charism given to some. The prophet Daniel is one among them. He speaks today of his vision about the four kingdoms in the history of Israel. The kingdoms were strong but did not last. At the end God controlled them. “God‘s dominion is eternal, shall never pass away, His kingdom will never be destroyed.“ “Heaven and earth will pass, but my words will not pass away.“ is Jesus‘ assurance to us all. God is a faithful God. He will never fail us. Let‘s aim at things that endure forever. Let‘s store wealth that lasts, that will not rot nor can be stolen.
God gives signs for the coming of His Son in glory, the time for the world to end. The signs are not yet the end, they are just reminders pointing to what is to come. God‘s sign can come in many ways. Most of God‘s manifestations come not in spectacular ways but in the simple, ordinary and humble events. We have therefore to be familiar with His ways, lest we miss his passing by. Spending time with Him in silence, in prayer and reflection is imperative.