Friday 1 December 2017

About Today Readings

SS Edmund Campion and Robert Southwell.

Daniel 7:2-14. Luke 21:29-33.

Give glory and eternal praise to him – Luke 21:29-33.

‘When you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.’

Jesus’ hearers, many of them from agricultural backgrounds, were adept in reading the signs in nature that presaged the changing seasons and gave promise of abundant harvests. They also believed that certain signs would herald the coming of the Messiah and the inauguration of the reign of God. Conscious of his unique life-giving mission, Jesus himself read the signs of the times and discerned the fulfilment they promised with a prophet’s privileged insight.

In a brief parable with apocalyptic overtones, Jesus directs our attention to the kingdom of ‘righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit’ (Romans 14:17). When the times have run their course, we will come into our own and everything will be brought together under Christ (Ephesians 1:10). Lord, may your kingdom come.

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