REFLECTION FOR TODAY,
November 24, 2020
By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.” Luke 21:10-11
Jesus makes it clear that there will be violence and war on the earth until he comes again. At that time, our life here will end and new life with Jesus will begin. The Scriptures remind us over and over again not to be afraid of this. But we also must stay vigilant and be prepared by building up the Kingdom on earth each day. This prophecy of Jesus will most certainly unfold. How will it unfold, practically speaking? That’s still to be seen.
True, some people may say that this prophecy is already being fulfilled in our world. Some will try to associate this and other prophetic passages of Scripture with a certain time or event. But this would be a mistake. It would be a mistake because the very nature of a prophecy is that it’s veiled. All prophecy is true and will be fulfilled, but not all prophecy will be understood with perfect clarity until Heaven.
So what do we take from this prophetic word from our Lord? Though this passage may, in fact, refer to more grand and universal events to come, it may also speak to our own particular situations present in our life today. Therefore, we should allow His words to speak to us within those situations.
One specific message our Bible reference tells us is that we should not be surprised if, at times, it appears as if our world is rattled to the core. In other words, when we see chaos, evil, sin and malice all around us, we should not be surprised and we should not get discouraged. Rather, we should stay focus in building the Kingdom. This is an important message for us as we press on through life.
For each one of us, there may be many “earthquakes, famines, and plagues” that we encounter in life. They will take on various forms and will be the cause of much distress at times. But they do not need to be. If we understand that Jesus is aware of the chaos we may encounter and if we understand that He actually prepared us for it, we will be more at peace when the troubles come.
In a sense, we will be able to simply say, “Oh, this is one of those things, or one of those moments, Jesus said would come.” This understanding of the challenges to come should help prepare us for them and endure them with hope and trust.
Reflect, today, on any particular ways that this prophetic word of Christ has taken place in your own life. Know that Jesus is there in the midst of all apparent chaos, leading you through to the glorious conclusion He has in mind for you!
Lord, when my world seems to cave in around me, help me to turn my eyes to You and to trust in Your mercy and grace. Help me to know that You will never abandon me and that You have a perfect plan for all things. Jesus, I trust in You.