Every now and then, there are predictions of the end times, …and if you think about it long enough, you can find evidence that we could be close…
That's why we need to hear Jesus' answer from today's Gospel, according to Luke. Sure, Jesus is telling them that their beautiful temple will one day be reduced to a pile of stones; nothing on earth will last forever.
But, Jesus has compassion on the anxious; people like ourselves who want to know when…and will be there be a sign…so that we can have a chance to react, to get in a last Confession, or bring a family member to be forgiven by God (in Confession) and also to reconcile with people in our lives as well.
Jesus also doesn’t want us to be confused or taken advantage of…and so He tells us not to be deceived by those who come in my name, saying: "I am he," and "The time has come." Jesus warns us not to follow them.
A journey that is meant to bring us the hope and courage, the joy and resilience to live each day caring for our families and all those God places in our lives while knowing that what is in store in Heaven is greater than we can imagine and where we are meant to be!
May God bless you and your families this holy day!
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!