A reading from the gospel according to Luke 21:29-33
29 Jesus told his disciples a parable. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
30 When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
31 in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near.
32 Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.
33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
Reflection: Signs of the Times
Jesus is the Lord of creation. He is also the Lord of history. He was at the beginning of time and He will be at the end of it, the Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 21:6, 22:13). Whatever happens in the world, He is certainly in control. Yet He allows all kinds of events to happen in order to teach us or to wake us up.
World events as well as natural phenomena, like the fig tree in the gospel above, are used by God as signs regarding His will for us and for the world. Yet many times we don’t see these signs. We have become blind due to many reasons such as our pride, our crooked ideologies and our busy schedule.
The world and all the valuable minerals in it will soon pass away. Now is the time to refocus our priorities. It is time to turn back to Jesus whose words are eternal. Let us start to pay attention to the signs all around us. Through prayers, bible reading and meditation, we become in tune with the promptings of the Holy Spirit. In this way, God will reveal to us His will and when the end time comes, we are ready.