This week at our staff meeting Fr. Tim shared with us that we are coming to the end of the Gospel of Mark and we will not be hearing from Mark for another two years. That is because the Church uses a three-year cycle of the gospels: Year A – Matthew, Year B - Mark, Year C - Luke. These three are known as the “synoptic” gospels, synoptic meaning in essence “the same” as each of these three gospel writers give a similar accounting of Jesus and his ministry. In case you are wondering, we do also read from the Gospel of John throughout Easter and also during Advent, Christmas and Lent.
In this Sunday’s gospel Mark tells us what it will be like at the end of time when the light will be no more, no moon, sun or stars and then in the darkness we will see “the Son of Man coming in the clouds.” We must remember that when Mark wrote this, the disciples of Jesus were waiting for his immanent return. They expected this was to be happening soon for it was Jesus who had instructed them in this way. However, and so important here Jesus said: “But of that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Only God, the Creator knows of the time when Jesus will come again in the clouds.
We know Jesus as the “Light of the world.” I find it interesting that in His second coming, when the world is in the dark, we will see him again shining forth out of the darkness. How are we to prepare for this? How is humanity to prepare for this? There are many today that believe that the end times are near and this darkening that Jesus told of is happening in our world. But I heard that this as a young child too, that the world was coming to an end and some even predicted the date. But many of those dates have come and gone and as a People of God we continue to wait
As a Catholic Church we mark a particular time of the liturgical year to remind us that we still wait: Advent, and that time is only two weeks away. The end time of the liturgical year, the Feast of Christ the King is what we will celebrate next week. Then, let us examine our lives and ask ourselves if we are prepared to look up to the clouds and meet our Lord.
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC