Jesus speaks of the end-time as marked by signs in the sun, moon, and stars. These heavenly bodies were considered divinities by pagans. There will be upheavals in the heavens and in the sea, characterized by “the roaring of the sea and the waves.” These refer to upheavals that are brought about by warring armies or natural and man-made calamities. But Jesus’ prophecy ends on a very positive note. When these signs begin to happen, he says, we may be perplexed and even afraid. His last word, however, is that we need to overcome our fear. We have to look up as people with hope in our hearts. We raise our heads as victorious conquerors because, according to our Lord Jesus, our “redemption is at hand.”
Gospel • Luke 21:20-28
Jesus said to his disciples: “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know that its desolation is at hand. Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. Let those within the city escape from it, and let those in the countryside not enter the city, for these days are the time of punishment when all the Scriptures are fulfilled. Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days, for a terrible calamity will come upon the earth and a wrathful judgment upon this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken as captives to all the Gentiles; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”
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