Friday of the 34th Week
My sister and her two adult girls attack Black Friday as if it the last thing she will do on earth. They carefully plan by looking at all the ads and compare pricing. On Thanksgiving Day they eat so they can get out early to go shopping by 4:00. On Friday morning they rise early to eat and McDonald’s at 6:00 shop until noon eat at Pinera’s and then go back at it. On Saturday morning they go and clean up on all the leftover sales. The kicker to all of this, my sister had all her shopping done for Christmas before she went out on Thanksgiving Day. We hear about two different kinds of endings to those last days.
In our first reading, we see the end of times filled with chaos and destruction. The dream that Daniel is having is about the three next kingdoms that will come after the Babylonian’s. As those kingdoms come to an end, there will be even more destruction as the Kingdom of God will come and destroy everything and anyone else.
In our Gospel, we get a completely different understanding of the end times as Jesus says, “The day will come like a bud opening in the springtime to the warm summer breeze.” The word of God will reign forever.
As we gather to prepare for these days, I like the two images that are before us about the end of time. If we live our lives as we should obeying God’s commends we will have nothing to worry because our God will only be coming to save us.