Reflection on Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 ~
Understood in the light of growth within a faith journey, Jesus’s words take on a different meaning. We cannot forget that Jesus’s mixed both the human and divine, continued with each of us. I believe that we individually (and in community) participate in the roaring waves of an ongoing second coming which is not yet fully realized. To fear the unknown is a natural human emotion, which is countered by acknowledging the presence of Jesus inside.
Luke 21 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Coming of the Son of Man
25 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Exhortation to Watch
34 “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35 like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
37 Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called. 38 And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 21:25-28, 34-36.