When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those inside the city must leave it, and those out in the country must not enter it; for these are days of vengeance, as a fulfillment of all that is written.
Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress on the earth and wrath against this people; they will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken away as captives among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
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John writes: I heard what sounded like the roar of a large crowd of people in heaven, saying “Praise God! Salvation, glory, and power belong to our God!” -Revelation 19:1
Job says of God, “We cannot understand the great things he does, and to his miracles there is no end. . . . I can’t believe he would listen to me.” (Job 9: 10, 16)
God is beyond all comprehension. The greatest blunder we can make is to try to reduce God to the level of human definition. Saint Augustine put it this way: “God is inexpressible. It is easier for us to say what God is not than what God is. . . . God is not at all what we have conceived God to be.”
With what kind of reverence and awe ought I place myself in God’s presence?
I sing the might power of God, that made the mountains rise;
That spread the flowing skies abroad, and built the lofty skies. —Isaac Watts (1715)
—Excerpted from Mission, by Fr. Mark Link, S.J. ©2000 RCL Enterprises, Inc., Allen TX. For more prayer resources from Fr. Link, please visit www.staygreat.com
Lord, we pray that we do not fix our desires on health or sickness, wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or short one. For everything has the potential of calling forth in us a deeper response to our life in God. Lord, our only desire and our one choice should be this: we want and we choose what better leads to the deepening of God’s life in us.
— Adapted from St. Ignatius as paraphrased by David L. Fleming, S.J. from the beginning of the Spiritual Exercises