The Word of God

Reflection – Lectionary: 504


“So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and cut the earth’s vintage. He threw it into the great wine press of God’s fury.” After a quick review of human history, there has been a protracted preoccupation with the idea of how a person’s life and the world will end. The end of the universe as we know it has been a fascination of all cultures and all peoples for a long time, including the Scriptures today: “Use your sickle and reap the harvest, for the time to reap has come, because the earth’s harvest is fully ripe.” In the Gospel, the worry about the last days was becoming neurotic: “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them!”

Imagine spending a pretty penny on a novel or movie only to be told as you began reading or watching how the plot would be resolved and who would die, survive, marry, get arrested, etc. You would probably be thinking: “Spoiler Alert!” Why did you bother spending money on this? That concept works with entertainment venues, but it needs to be revised regarding our Salivation. “The Lord comes to judge the earth.” Jesus has already set the stage for our triumphant and glorious entry into Heaven, but we must take the necessary steps to get there. So this is what we know about the end of our world: a) it is going to happen, 2) it is going to happen when we least suspect, 3) there is no need for fear, just action: “Remain faithful until death, And I will give you the crown of life.”

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