November 25, 2022

Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near.

In today’s gospel passage, Jesus is responding to the disciples’ anxious plea for a “when” and a “with what warning” the end will come (Luke 21:7). He tells them that they should be able to recognize when the Son of Man returns “on the clouds.” If we can recognize the signs of nature, like the coming of summer, we need not be obsessed with figuring out the “when.” Focus on living and knowing the kingdom of God now. What efforts do we make to discover and understand the present demands of his kingdom in our lives

We do not know when the Lord will return again. But our Lord does give us signs to wake us up as a warning and rouse our spirits to be ever ready and eager to see his kingdom come in all its power and glory. The Day of the Lord will strike terror only in those who reject the kingdom of God; it will be a day of joy and rejoicing for all who long to see the Lord face-to-face. Jesus wants us to be filled with joyful anticipation for his coming. He indeed comes to us daily and knocks on the doors of our hearts, especially in the Eucharist we receive and adore. Jesus will surely come again one day to establish his kingdom in all its fulness. Do we read the “signs of the times” and pray for God’s kingdom to be fully revealed? A more profound familiarity with the Scriptures and frequent meditation on the life of the Lord will make reading the signs of the times easy for us.

Let Us Pray:

Dear Jesus, I believe in you and the kingdom you are building in and through me. I believe in the value of my struggles to be united with you. I wish to spend myself on those I should love the most.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.