Thursday of the 34th week in Ordinary Time
This Thursday is in the last week of Ordinary Time in the liturgical calendar of the Church. Sunday will be the first day of Advent. And, fittingly enough, the readings at this “end time” of the prayer cycle of the Church is concerned with the “End Time,” or the end of time as we know it and the ushering in of the Kingdom of God.
In light of this our readings can seem a little scary or disturbing. They seem violent, talking about great upheavals and tribulations both politically and in nature. I don’t know how literally we are expected to take these readings. But I do know that we all experience great tribulations in our everyday lives. I think we have to consider how both our readings, from Revelations and the Gospel of Luke, end. “Happy are they who have been invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” “When these things begin to happen, stand up straight and raise your heads, for your ransom is near at hand.
God is in control, Jesus is Lord. If we believe this and carry it deep in our hearts, then nothing can come between us and the love of God for us. Nothing.
Brother Michael Moran, C.P.