33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B): Gospel – Mark 13:24-32
Jesus speaks to end times expectation
Today’s Gospel, with its companion passages in Matthew and Luke, “is probably the most difficult Gospel text,” Benedict XVI has noted:
This difficulty stems from both its content and its language: in fact, it speaks of a future that exceeds our own categories and for this reason Jesus uses images and words taken from the Old Testament; but above all He introduces a new center, which is He Himself, the mystery of His Person and of His death and Resurrection.
…The “Son of Man” is Jesus Himself Who links the present and the future; the ancient words of the prophets have finally found a center in the Person of the Nazarene Messiah: He is the True Event which remains the firm and enduring point in the midst of the world’s upheavals.
Hence Jesus wants us to remain focused upon Him:
…He wishes to prevent His disciples in every epoch from being curious about dates and predictions; He wants instead to provide them with a key to a profound, essential interpretation and, above all, to point out to them the right way on which to walk, today and in the future, to enter eternal life…
Dear friends, in our day too there is no lack of natural disasters nor, unfortunately, of war and violence. Today too we need a permanent foundation for our life and our hope, especially because of the relativism in which we are immersed. May the Virgin Mary help us to accept this center in the Person of Christ and in His Word.
As the Catechism phrases it, “the present time is the time of the Spirit and of witness, but also a time still marked by distress and the trial of evil which does not spare the Church and ushers in the struggles of the last days. It is a time of waiting and watching” (paragraph 672).
Question for reflection: How have I discerned signs of God’s presence in my own life?