Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Jesus has been telling his disciples some pretty bad news. In the passages prior to this he has been speaking of the end of time with its disasters, earthquakes, persecutions, betrayals and death. Finally Jesus challenges his disciples and us with a new perspective, “my words will not pass away.” How can everything we’ve ever seen, known or heard of be gone while “words” live on? I think the answer lies at the introduction to John’s gospel. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
I so often forget how painfully human I am. I want my perspective to be reality. But Jesus reminds us again that God is the only reality. Our self-reliance is an illusion. Every moment, every breath is a gift from God.
—Mr. Gerald Skoch, JD, serves as Vice-President and Chief Mission Officer at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH.
Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.
—Charles de Foucauld, Prayer of Abandonment.