The Prophet Joel cried out:
Proclaim a fast, call an assembly; gather the elders, all who dwell in the land,
Into the house of the LORD, your God, and cry to the LORD! . . .
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all who dwell in the land tremble,
for the day of the LORD is coming; Jl 1:13-15; 2:1-2
Sounded pretty ominous! Well it was. Historically, in the time period of Joel, about 400 BC, the land of Judah was ravaged by locusts. And the Prophet foresaw the devastation as a premonition of the end. So he warned everyone to be prepared for the “Day of the Lord.” It would be a day of Judgment. And Justice would prevail!
Jesus also, spoke often about the end times. And the people of his day, as well as our own, had a fair notion of right and wrong, and good and evil. Yet, they were very skeptical of evil doings, and even questioned whether the works of Jesus came from God or from Satan.
But Jesus responded with good old common sense, when He said, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?” Lk 11:15-26
Hmmm, sounds like the state of our own country and the state of much of the world today. But we won’t get political. Funny though, it’s just as much common sense today as it was 2000 years ago. Whatever seems not to make any common sense – probably doesn’t. And the problem is – that too many people today have lost their bearing on what common sense really is. And like zombies, just as in Jesus’ time, they can be mesmerized by the wrong leaders and the wrong principles.
So what’s the answer? The answer is – that whether we clean house on a personal, or a global scale – we HAVE TO make sure that it’s quickly refilled with the right furnishings. And we’ll know that those furnishings are “right,” when they are based on LOVE and LIFE, on Unity and Community; when they are based on God. Because without these basic, common sense principles, we’ll simply fall again to the whims of a lost world.
In the meantime: WE – you and I, beloved, we give thanks to God for what we DO have. We pray for the world’s and our own – sanity and health and security. And we speak up – whenever we see injustice, knowing that our Hope is in the Justice of God, and that our Salvation is gloriously secure – in the welcoming hands of our Lord, Jesus Christ.