Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
“Know that the Kingdom of God is near.”
This time of year is always my favorite. The calendar this week is filled with meaning:
Last Sunday we celebrated the Feast of Christ the King – the final one of the liturgical year. We praised the Lord, whose Kingdom is fulfilled at the end of days.
Thanksgiving! Gratitude for family, food, and other blessings makes for a peaceful mind, a happy heart, and a full belly.
Today is often called Black Friday. Ignore shopping. You don’t need stuff. Listen instead to the words of Jesus in today’s gospel, “Know that the Kingdom of God is near.” Find yourself in the presence of God today. Let Christ’s Heart be yours, and give your troubles to Him. You’re still on God’s time.
Just be. With God.
Next Sunday is the 1st Sunday of Advent. We’ll start a new year by calling out for God to come be with us (“Emmanuel”). For now, we dwell between two Sundays that remind us how God’s Kingdom has already been won, but isn’t yet complete. “Know that the Kingdom of God is near.”
Keep Calm & Examen On.
–Mr. Chris Keeven teaches theology at St. Louis U. High.
Days pass when I forget the mystery.
Problems insoluble and problems offering
their own ignored solutions
jostle for my attention, they crowd its antechamber
along with a host of diversions, my courtiers, wearing
their colored clothes; cap and bells.
once more the quiet mystery
is present to me, the throng’s clamor
recedes: the mystery
that there is anything, anything at all,
let alone cosmos, joy, memory, everything,
rather than void: and that, O Lord,
Creator, Hallowed One, You still,
hour by hour sustain it.
Please share the Good Word with your friends!