Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Johnson Joseph Thurackal CMF

End times will cause untold distress, and fear will fill the hearts of everyone.  The destruction of Jerusalem is the greatest catastrophe seen in the narration of the end times. Jesus attributes this happening to the rejection of the Good News announced by Jesus. The Gospel offers us hope in such dreadful situations. We remain thankful for he gave us his Word and redeemed us from the slavery of sin. Those who hold on to his Word will not be crushed by the intensity of the hard times. They will stand erect and look up with heads high. They will not have to droop their heads in shame for the way they lived their life and the choices they made.  The day of the Lord will be a day of confidence and victory for them.

Therefore, the gloomy picture of the end times and the disasters are ultimately not cause of concern for the believers rather a cause of great joy. In these apparent calamities the faithful will see the hand of God at work and will look forward to the restoration of peace and justice in the world. They will witness the triumph of God and fulfilment of the promises of God, and the supremacy of God is being established over everything. The old creation is unsettled through these extraordinary happenings, and a renewed creation and transformed existence is achieved. That is the new heaven and new earth, the goal of the Gospel and realization of the mission of God in Jesus.


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