Gospel: Mk 13:24-32
Later on in those days, after that disastrous time, the sun will grow dark, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall out of the sky, and the whole universe will be shaken. Then people will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And he will send the angels to gather his chosen people from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the sky. Learn a lesson from the fig tree: as soon as its branches become tender and it begins to sprout leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the time is near, even at the door. Truly, I say to 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. But regarding that day and that hour, no one knows when it will come, not even the angels, not even the Son, but only the Father.
Read: We are nearing the end of the liturgical year and the readings remind us of the end of times. Christ, seated at the right of the Father, is our assurance of passing through the testing times.
Reflect: We do not know the time or the hour of the end of our lives or the end of history, but it is to our benefit to read the signs of the times and be ready for the last encounter. Blessed are those who live such lives that they can look forward to the encounter. Even if we haven’t lived the best of lives as God wants, it is still not late to effect a turn around. All is well that ends well. And let the end be well.
Pray: Recite the prayer for a graceful and peaceful death.
Act: Meditate on your death.
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