November 28, 2017
As Jesus was discussing the downfall of the ‘materialism’ of the Temple, His disciples asked, “what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them!” Lk_21:5-11
Isn’t it interesting how many of those doomsayers we’ve already heard in our own lifetimes. Every time there’s an earthquake, or another war, or a change in decades or millennia, there they are again, predicting the end of the world, the rapture, the second coming of Jesus.
Two points can be made from the conversation Jesus was having with His disciples about this. First, everything in the material world will eventually fall apart. Yes, archeologists have found objects that are thousands of years old, but that doesn’t make them indestructible. Once the air and moisture and microbes have access to them, they may not last much longer at all. In general then, we must be very careful not to idolize material objects because they will all fall apart, get stolen, or lost, and then where will we stand?
The second point that Jesus is making is that we must also be very careful with believing everything people say, especially people who have their own agenda in mind; like making money, gaining fame, or greedily taking advantage of others under the guise of helping them. Jesus is the only TRUTH! Don’t worry about tomorrow! Tomorrow will take care of itself. Don’t worry about yesterday! Yesterday is past and gone. And if an apology is necessary for yesterday – do it today and get it done with. Live for the moment. Pray for the needy. Help others where we can. And in every moment, LOVE! Then, when that “day” comes, whether in the next second, or 50-years from now, we’ll be ready, and Jesus’ coming will be a welcome event.
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