“Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads …”
Initially, today’s passage seems to be one associated with fear and terror; a passage about the end times. Yes, it is about Christ’s second coming, but much more than that, it is a passage about us. As the last line of today’s Gospel reading reminds us, even if desolation is near, even if there is great distress in the land, and even if the nations are in anguish, we can be hopeful. Not only hopeful, but joyful at the fact that our redemption is drawing near.
So, no matter what is going on around you; no matter how difficult life may seem; though the road seems long and tough, rest assured that we can trust in Christ to fulfil us. We can trust in Christ to restore us and redeem us. Let us join with the words of our liturgy and wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. For the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory is Christ’s now and forever. Amen