O Jesus, let me persevere until the end.
(Picture Jesus teaching his disciples).
In teaching about his Second Coming, Jesus keeps putting it off, always speaking of events that must happen first. The “coming” is always “later”. He stresses perseverance. The disciple must not think that the road is short.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- Nothing seemed more lasting than the newly built temple.
- Forty years after Jesus, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the temple (just as Jesus predicted).
- In asking for a sign, the disciples are misguided. Jesus’ word is their daily guide.
- Jesus lists so many happenings (wars, earthquakes, plagues and famines), yet none is a sign.
- Jesus wants the disciples to stay on course (even if there are cosmic events).
- They have his true teaching. They must just be good disciples.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, nothing remains. Only you are eternal.
- Lord, I need no sign, only your presence guiding me.
- Your teaching is in my heart. I will cling to that.
- I know you will come for me. I await you in faith.
- O Jesus, what a world! We live with wars and famines and earthquakes! Stay with me!
- Help me to stay on course, Jesus. The end is not near. I have many miles to go.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will use Jesus’ words to guide my day.
+ I will detach myself from material possessions by little sacrifices.