November 29

Mark 13:32-37

“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.” vss. 32-33

There’s just so much that we don’t know about the future. Oh, we can be pretty confident that the earth will continue to spin at least for the next day or so, and we’ll get to see at least a few more sunrises. But beyond that the best we can do is make predictions, all the while knowing that things could change big-time in a heartbeat. Now some of us are content with the unknown–we’d just as soon live day to day without a clear indication of what’s ahead. And that’s not a bad way to live, as long as we make good use of the time that we have, and do the things that need to be done. It’s especially good not to get caught up in some of the endless speculation about the Second Coming or the Last Judgment. There are some religious folks who have simply gone bonkers with their predictions about end times. As Jesus says plainly, no one knows about such stuff. What we can do is live prudently, and make healthy choices about the future. The end will come for each of us, and as Jesus told his followers, it’s a blessing to be ready. And if we spend each day watching for ways to bring love and kindness to others, it is enough!

Thought for the Day: What are my hopes for this Advent season?

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