Nations and kingdoms will fight against each other, and there will be earthquakes and famines in all sorts of places. These things are just the beginning of the sufferings associated with the end.
The stones that made the foundation of the great temple in Jerusalem are still there, silently sticking up from the ground. The temple was destroyed by a Roman Army in 70 AD. Can you image how sad that was? Jewish people today go to that part of the temple that remains called the “Wailing Wall.” There they pray and sometimes cry over the great loss.
Jesus today is talking about what’s going to happen at the end of the world. There will be a build up of enemy anger, with nations fighting each other. Don’t we see that happening these days! But still, we don’t need to be afraid, for the end is hidden from us, known only to God. Just keep on praying for God’s protection, and also that the human family will find itself living in the New Temple of Christ’s body which is the one Church of Jesus all over the world.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
You in me and I in You Jn 17:26
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the twelfth of thirteen weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary
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