“Jesus said, ‘All that you see here — the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.’ Then they asked him, ‘Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?’” (Luke 21 5-7)
We all want to know. We want to plan. Can we get a "meeting planner" for this? In Luke, Jesus answers, but not in the way we may want. We cannot get the end of time on our calendars. He provides a picture of what will happen with specific detail on the occurrences and signs, but there is not a date and time given. We look around our world today and see wars, natural disasters and famines. We wonder if this is "the end." There are some who even claim they know and make predictions about the end of the world.
I have never paid much attention to these claims because whether it is or isn't the end, I try to keep my eyes on Jesus, put my trust in Him and stay close to His presence. This way, if it is the end, while a little scary, it is okay - I am ready. And if it is not, I am still following the path He has laid out for me. The death of a loved one, serious illness, marital problems financial distresses - these difficulties challenge us, and they are never on our calendars.
Today's readings reminded me that while I may want to "make a plan" for the end of time, I cannot. It is only through trust and faith in the path God has chosen for me, the good and the bad experiences, that I will be given the strength to face any situation and I will be under His protection.