Jesus told his disciples a parable.
“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
in the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near.
Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.”
Please keep in prayer today our “WHO WILL FILL THESE SHOES?” event at our cathedral on Friday. It runs from 9am – 3pm. We have invited young men and their parents to come and learn more about the priesthood and see if the Lord is calling them to fill the shoes of our past and current priests. I would appreciate you surrounding us in prayer during this time. The day will include Mass, a SKYPE call with Bishop Conlon, Holy Hour, lunch and talks from priests, seminarians and parents of seminarians.
In the Gospel today Jesus is encouraging us to pay attention to the signs around us. We know that spring is in the air when the trees start to bloom. We know that winter is around the corner when the leaves and snow begin to fall. The Kingdom of God is among us also. Do we notice the signs around us?
As we come to the end of this liturgical year (Advent starts this weekend), we are called to reflect on the end times and our own mortality. The Lord invites us to trust in Him completely. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” God always fulfills His promises. He promised He would rise from the dead and He did it. He also promises us that if we stay close to Him and love as He loves (feeding the hungry, visiting the imprisoned, etc.), we too will rise with Him.
Do I trust Jesus completely?
Am I prepared if the Lord were to come for me today?
How am I preparing for the beginning of Advent?
Have a blessed day,