Sunday of 33rd Week OT year B Dimanche de la 33e semaine, TO, année ’B’

“And then they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.”
Friday 6 November 2015

Dn.12,1-3 Ps.15 He.10,11-14.18 MK.13,24-32

Sunday of 33rd Week, OT year ’B’

“But in those days, after a time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will come falling out of the sky and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send his angels to gather the elect from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of the heavens.”

Jesus can see his coming in glory which will mark the end of time and of history, and this ending, he makes us wait for it, to hope for it and to prepare for it : ’I wait for the Resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.’ Jesus is happy to evoke the traditional images of the prophets, especially Daniel, whom he quotes very often. When a storm breaks in the middle of the night, everything becomes luminous as if in full daylight. It is an image that evokes the end of time! And then it will be the encounter with the One who made us. We want to remain awake, and to pray at all times in order to correspond to the Beauty of God’s Love. The only preparation we have is to dwell in Love. The liturgical time bring to mind the different ’waitings’ of Jesus. First of all, Mary waiting for Jesus at Christmas. We contemplate her when the Son of Man is formed in her flesh. What Love the Holy Spirit has germinated in her heart. The Living Word, made flesh for us, is made into the Tenderness of God for the world. The Church’s waiting today is done in the image of Mary, it comes into the world. It is a loving waiting that is completely loving, for God is Love! ’ I saw the Heavenly Jerusalem, beautiful, like a fiancée ready for her Bridegroom.’ The second coming of Jesus is the one we celebrate every day in the liturgy. In a very a particular way, Jesus comes in the Sacraments and, in a special way, in the Eucharist.

“Take the fig tree as a parable : as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. So with you, when you see these things happening : know that he is near, right at the gates.”

Jesus speaks of the fig tree, of branches that become tender : this is humanity opening up to love. The letter to the Hebrews evokes Christ, the High priest who offered himself up to save us. Jesus carries what all generations have

always known : wars, earthquakes, false messiahs and persecutions. It is the time when the Gospel is proclaimed to all nations and when the Holy Sprit himself speaks in defence of Jesus’ disciples. The end of the world will be the eruption of a new world, the manifestation of Christ’s Glory, and the huge gathering of all of Jesus’ friends, all his faithful ones, the chosen ones from all countries and from all time. It is Jesus, whom Mary tenderly bore in her maternal love, who comes each day to make pour hearts more tender. ’Behold, I stand at the door and I knock! ’ The song of Songs says ’You, my Beloved, will you open the door of your heart for me?’ But we know what the combat is like to dwell in love -it really is the biggest and strongest combat that exists. If Jesus speaks about the end of the world, it concerns the old person that is within us, this ’old one ’that is called to die. The Eucharist is given to us : His grace gives each one back his place. On this path of personal transformation , the heart of mankind is lead in such a way so as to become ’tender’, to know to open itself up to the Divine Presence at every moment.

“In truth I tell you, before this generation has passed away all these things will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. As for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son ; no one but the Father.”

It happens sometimes that it is in sorrow that we prepare ourselves for God’s Victory. There will be days of distress, and this is why we ought to stay awake in our faith and in fraternal love, keeping tight hold of the ’pearl of the Kingdom’ in the palm of our hand : this is the Promise Jesus gives to us. When we contemplate the Mystery of the Church, Jesus, the Head of the Body, ’passed’ into this world like a Bridegroom. But for the body of sorrows and pain that is our own, the Apocalypse will say that the woman cries out in child-birth pangs that never end. The Word that is given to us today evokes this great distress. it will be a great combat for Life, the combat for love. ’ My heart exults, my soul is celebrating, my flesh itself rests in confidence ; you cannot abandon me to death, you cannot see your friend suffer in corruption. My God, I make of you my refuge. You teach me the way of Life."

We ask for the grace to dwell in Jesus’ Love.