Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Johnson Joseph Thurackal CMF

The description of the end times can cause anguish to the people. Yet, they are the times of hope and redemption. Jesus told his disciples, ‘hold your head high, because the time of your redemption is near.’ Winter makes the fig tree weary, but the onset of summer breaks forth new buds on the grey branches. This is a message of hope. The Lord causes new life and hope to sprout through the ruin and destruction. Rays of hope and newness penetrate through the dark clouds of fear and desperation.

It is the power of the Gospel. The Word emerges victorious over all the obstacles and forces of death. The Word descended to restore the wounded humanity has now accomplished its task. When we commit to the Word, it continues to accomplish the purpose for which is sent. ‘The Word will never pass’. Peter was steadfast in his commitment to the Word: ‘Lord, where shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.’

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