Tuesday 34th Week of the Year
The talk of the end of the temple and the end of the world already happened for these early Christians and us.
In this last week of the Church’s liturgical year,
St. Luke’s style of writing is called apocalyptic.
Apocalypse is a Greek word meaning “revelation”
or “unveiling” things that are not yet known.
At the time Luke wrote his gospel,
the Church was under persecution
and these “veiled” sayings
would be understood by the Christian community
but were nonsense to anyone else.
The early Christian communities after Jesus resurrection
there was sense that Jesus was coming very soon, anytime.
Slowly they realized the end of the “world” did not mean this earth
but the culture and lifestyle that people lived.
The end of the world was not “out there” but in their heart.
The talk of the end of the temple and the end of the world
already happened for these early Christians and us.
It happened on Calvary
when Jesus gave up his human spirit.
It happened as well on Easter Sunday
when he rose above the powers of darkness
that covered the earth on Good Friday.
One of us, the Son of Man
who is the only begotten Son of the Father,
now lives a human life that will never die.
The world ended for our early ancestors in the faith
and the world ends for us every time we give up hate,
resentment, selfishness and our own will and our way.
We die to this world and its values
and enter into the grave with Jesus
where all of that rubbish in our hearts becomes dust.
The beautiful grace of our baptism
is at work in all the decisions we make,
should we choose to live for Jesus
and not ourselves.
The powers of darkness are behind us
and rendered helpless
as those waters of baptism wash again and again
those worldly choices we make every day.
The end of the world has already happened for us
because it has happened in us.
Now we pray the acclamation in the Eucharistic prayer
that gives us great hope,
“Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life.
Lord Jesus come in Glory” today, minute by minute by minute.