– Thursday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time –
“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.” (Luke 21:27-28, NJB)
As we approach the final days of Ordinary Time in the liturgical year, we are confronted with these end time gospel texts. In some ways today’s reading can read like an opening scene to a sci-fi action movie, with armies attacking, people escaping a time of vengeance and even the natural world of the sun, moon, stars, and oceans thrown into chaos. However, peoples of every age can relate to this sense of chaos. Today we are still amid a global pandemic that feels never ending. We have failed as the human community to move decisively on a united pathway to create a healthy and sustainable world which provides for all people and protects all creation. In our own country we are acutely aware of the continual work needed for national reconciliation, the prevalence of family violence, the lack of social housing, the list goes on!
Jesus promises us that our liberation is close at hand. There is an urgency in the scripture readings of this time, there is also an invitation. What in you cries out for liberation? What in your family cries out for liberation? What in our world cries out for liberation? Bring these cries to Jesus today in prayer. Ask for wisdom and understanding. Ask for courage and hope. And find small ways that you can act sharing in the mission of Jesus to bring liberation for all.
by Kari Hatherell
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