1st Reading: Jer. 33:14-16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14
Second Reading: 1 Thes. 3:12-4:2
Gospel: Lk. 21:25-28, 34-36
When Jesus pointed out his coming, he realized there would be anxiety when contemplating most future events. Anxiety & anticipation seem naturally to go together especially when planning ahead for life’s expected or likewise daily unexpected happenings. Our God doesn’t want daily worries to fog up and cloud our minds and hearts but awaken clearly the memory of Jesus birth in Bethlehem, mindful also of this tender presence within us. When our life on this earth is ending, may we see clearly the beauty of this unending love that is awaiting us. Come Lord Jesus!
May I be vigilant and recall the Jewish symbolism when God’s final judgment occurs and “see the Son of God coming in a cloud.” Each cloudy day the universe can become a teacher and a symbol of the presence of God. Whenever I look up and see a cloud I want to be reminded that we are a pilgrim people, on our journey, mindful of one another while anticipating clearly God’s presence.
Marian Boberschmidt, OSF