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Are You Ready?

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away
Mark 13:24-32

Sermon Topic Jesus Christ: coming of

Sermon Week Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 13:31


U.S. Army General Vernon Walters tells the story of a man in the Soviet Union who had been waiting more than three years for the new car he ordered. Finally, he telephoned the car dealer and asked if a delivery date had been scheduled. "Yes," the dealer replied, "your care will be delivered to you on November 14, 1993." "In the morning or the afternoon?" the man asked. "Why do you want to know that?" the dealer asked. To which the man replied, "Because the plumber is coming the morning."

Today's Gospel Lesson once again reminds us that we do not wait in vain for the ultimate fulfillment of God's promises: Jesus Christ is coming. "The Son of Man will be "coming in clouds with great power of glory," Jesus says (Mk. 13:26). We don't know the date; we don't know the hour. For all we know, it could be this very afternoon or tomorrow morning or ten thousand years from next week, or even November 14, 1993. But we do know that He is coming and, in God's Wisdom, that is all we need to know.

A mother who was dieting complained to her daughter that even though she had lost twenty pounds, she hadn't lost it in the "right places". To which the daughter replied, "Mom, don't be too hard on yourself. We both know that you've got an hourglass figure ... It's just that the hour is getting late."

Jesus doesn't give us a date for His Second Coming, but He does give us signs that seem to suggest that indeed the hour is getting late. "In those days," Jesus says, "the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, and the starts will be falling from the heaven, and the powers in the heaven shall be shaken" (Mk. 13:24-25). And to us children of the Nuclear/Star Wars Age, in which reports on the "Greenhouse Effect" and "Acid Rain" and damage to the "Ozone Layer" are commonplace, Jesus' words seem to take on a present significance. Moreover, Jesus says that "false Christs and [...]

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