Adoration for Vocations
November 12, 2009
Preparing for the Lord’s Coming
The apocalyptic writings are charged with poetry, metaphor, and fantasy. We must not make the mistake that some of the people do and interpret these passages literally. However, we must not make the opposite mistake of dismissing them as "nothing but" fiction. Metaphor tells us truth more fully and more adequately than does plain prose. The truth is Heaven and Earth will indeed pass away, but not before the Final Resolution in which good triumphs over evil and life over death. We don't know when or how that will happen. Those issues really don't matter. What does matter is the integral formation of our lives towards becoming holy persons and thus achieve our salvation.
Mk 13: 24-32
Loving God, in Baptism, You ask us to act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with You. Help us to know how to bring justice and love to a world that is desperately in need of You and Your values. Strengthen us with the courage and generosity to respond to Your invitation. Lord, as we await your glorious coming, keep us alert and watchful that we would be worthy to stand in Your presence. We also pray that from the lesson of the fig tree that heralds the coming of summer, you may also send more labourers into Your Harvest who will announce to the whole world through their lives the values of the Kingdom. We ask this in through the Most Holy Name of Jesus our Lord. Amen