November 25, Friday of the 34th Week of Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: Revelation 20:1-4, 11-21:2; Gospel: Luke 21: 29-33
Words about passing away or the end can be disturbing. But it is true that nothing in this world is permanent and that everything keeps changing and ending. The change can be both positive and negative. For example, we witness how world leaders disappear along with their ideologies and beliefs.
Even if they are replaced, their successors vanish and are forgotten. We, too, have had our own encounters with change. Our present titles and positions can change. People around us can leave us for whatever reasons. So, what remains in this constantly changing world?
Jesus gives us his reassuring words: "Everything will come to an end, but my words will never end... To make his point clear, Jesus tells his disciples the parable of the fig tree. He describes the natural cycle of trees from spring through winter.
Jesus uses the metaphor of nature to help us understand his teaching. We know the cycle of the seasons, and we understand the changes that occur with each season. This analogy enables us to better understand what Jesus is saying to us.
Truly, all created things will pass away. However, Jesus’ words will never pass away. He reassures us that there is one reality we can always rely on: "Heaven and earth may pass away, but my words (and my love) will never pass away!" When life is difficult, painful, or confusing, Jesus is with us. He pours out his love, grace, and strength upon us. He will not abandon us! His promise is mentioned in Matthew 28:20: "I am with you always, till the end of time."
May we remember his words when we are struggling, afraid, or feeling alone. Jesus is with us always! May we trust this wondrous reality!
Do you feel the assurance of Jesus’ presence?
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