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Tick Tock

The sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from Heaven ...
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16:5,8-11; Hebrews 10:11-14,18; Mark 13:24-32

Sermon Week Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 13:24,25

Many scientists are convinced that in some far distant future the world will grow cold and there no longer will be life on this earth. Of course, we don't find this threatening because it will take place millions or billions of years from now. What is threatening to us is all the talk about the imminent end of the world in a nuclear disaster. For example, the "Bulletin of Atomic Scientists" keeps us posted on this front by displaying a large clock that appears on its website. The clock's hands indicate how close we are to midnight — the time when the cataclysmic event will come and civilization as we know it will end. For those who are not familiar with this clock, I can tell you that the hand has fluctuated since 1995 between two and fourteen minutes 'til midnight. It moves ahead or backward depending on the nuclear scientists' interpretation of world conditions, and it’s frightening to note that we are currently clocking in at just two minutes before midnight.

So then why should we find Bible talk about the end time so strange when our own scientists are talking in the same mood? They are using the language of today; Jesus used the language of His own time. But what they both are saying is that for each one of us individually, and for our world, the time is coming when we will make that last turn around the sun.

Because this is such an essential aspect of our lives, we need to recall that Jesus' teaching on this subject always took place within the context of His teaching about God. He spoke realistically about the end, about the death of every individual, His own death, and the death of the world. But always it was within the context of God's Power and Love. God is God, after all. He gives life; He takes it away. He is the Lord of History, of Nature, of the Universe. He is always acting as a powerful and gracious God to fulfill His purpose, and nothing man can do will ever [...]

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