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Not Just My opinion

The sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from Heaven ...
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

In one of his novels, E.M. Forster gives us an unusual interpretation of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. In rather frightening terms, he describes how the music gives one the eerie feeling that shadowy figures are roaming the earth. And then, in a burst of beautiful music, one hears them swept away -- and the world seems bright and clean again. But suddenly, it happens again: the demons are back, and this time they are going to exercise their evil power to take over the world. And again, in a wave of beautiful music, they are swept away. Then the symphony ends joyously, on a high note, as the goblins disappear entirely.

In our symphony of life, we all experience those spiritual and emotional ups and downs, highs, and lows. The shadowy goblin of death comes roaming around, and we're feeling mighty low. But deep down inside, we know that goblin will be back -- and we're afraid. Then reassuringly, something beautiful breaks through to sweep that away, and our life seems bright and clean again.

In today's Gospel, Jesus is forewarning the disciples of things to come. He says, "In those days ... that time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from heaven, and the powers in heaven will be shaken" (Mk. 13:24-25).

Then He adds, reassuringly, "And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory" (Mk. 13:26).

In the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, the Risen Christ appears to the disciples to make His formal departure from them. In so doing, He tells the disciples that He will come again. Our steadfast belief in this "coming again" of Christ Jesus is, of course, at the core of our understanding of what lies ahead for us in accordance with God's Grand Design.

There are three hundred and eighteen references in the New Testament to Christ's "Second Coming." We tend to skip over those three hundred eighteen references, but it was part of the very air they breathed [...]


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