18 November, Gospel Thoughts, Tribulations

November 16, 2012 at 10:51 Leave a comment


In today’s Gospel Story (Mark 13:24-32) the words Jesus uses to describe the end times might very well also apply to the situation in the Church today. But not, however, in the sense of impending doom, but in the sense of preparing for the coming of Jesus himself. These are disturbing and exciting days in the Church. There seems to be an overturning of so much that the Church has always considered valuable and important: perceived authority of the hierarchy is diminishing; a turning away from what has always been considered as the Church’s fundamental morality; increasing numbers of women who feel they are being called to the priesthood, etc. These days of uncertainty for all, fear and trembling for some, and joy and enthusiasm for others, might well be described by these cataclysmic words.

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These are not days of doom and gloom, but days of excitement and action as more and more folks are coming to realize the Holy Spirit is bringing about a rebirth of our being Jesus’ disciples.

In the Story Jesus says, “Learn a lesson from the fig tree; when its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates”. When we see these things happening, and we are seeing them, he is at the gates. He is making all things new. It is hard not to feel excited and energized. These are good days – difficult and challenging for so many of us, but good nonetheless.

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Entry filed under: Catholic, Church Leadership, Cleveland Diocese, Current Church, Disobedient priests, Forbidden topics, Gospel thoughts, Priest.

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