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Stay Awake!

...After trials of every sort the sun will be darkened, the moon will not shed its light, stars will fall out of the skies, and the heavenly hosts will be shaken
Mark 13:24-32

Sermon Topic End-time

Sermon Week Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 13:24-25


Fear makes men believe the worst. There is more than a kernel of truth in this ancient maxim. Obsessive fears can transform benign and even beneficial objects into symbols of deadly terror. Persons who live in constant fear of the possibility of sickness are capable of translating an ordinary itch into a symptom of some terrible disease. We call them hypochondriacs. There are technical names for others who fear such things as being alone, water, high altitudes, closed-in areas, crowds, etc. The excessive fears themselves are called "phobias," and one who is beset with an accumulation of these obsessions is said to be suffering from "phobiaphobia." In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus depicts a series of future events so fearful as to cause one to wonder if His purpose is not to afflict us with phobias concerning the end of our lives and the end of the world.

Jesus tells us to expect "trials of every sort." He speaks of a time when "the sun will be darkened," of a time when "the moon will shed its light" and "stars will fall out of the skies" (Mk.13:24,25,26). Moreover, these awesome passages recall still others, heralding an approaching doomsday which, Jesus says, will be preceded by "wars and rumors of wars ... famine and pestilence and earthquakes ... nations rising against nations . .. tortures, persecutions and executions... men betraying and hating one another, misleading one another... the increase of evil... and love growing cold" (Mk.24:6-12). All of which seems sufficient to test the fibre of the stoutest heart.

"As to the exact day or hour," Jesus says, "No one knows it . .. only the Father" (Mk.13:32). Suppose science developed a super-duper computer, programmed to match every last word in the Bible and every important event in the history of man against all of the available data on the physical aspects of the known Universe. Suppose further that this giant computer then generated the awesome conclusion that all the signs of the end-time would converge before year's end. In other words, suppose mankind believed it had stumbled onto the secret of [...]

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