Dan 12:1-3; Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mk13:24-32
In today's gospel, Jesus speaks about the displacement of celestial bodies at the end of the world, followed by the appearance of the Son of Man in glory to establish the Reign of God. The coming of the Son of Man, "in clouds with great power and glory," echoes a passage in the Daniel. Cosmic disturbances of the sun, moon and stars are images traditionally associated with the manifestations of God's judgment of Israel.
There are numerous predictions about the end of the world. The French "prophet" and astrologer Nostradamus (1503-1566), foretold that the world would end when Easter fell on April 25. This happened in 1666, 1734, 1886 and 1943. In 1379, St. Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419), a SpanishDominican monk predicted the demise of the world in AD 3936. The Jehovah's Witnesses predicted the "end of the world” in 1914, 1918 and 1974. Many more such predictions we had seen. They were trying to base their predictions on the invitation of Jesus to be watchful.
Death is the unquestionable reality in our life. But no one can predict his death. Alexander Pope put this poetically:
"Heav'n from all creatures hides the book of Fate,
All but the page prescribed."
Death comes sometimes in a very unexpected manner.
Atilla was the fearsome ruler of the Huns from 434 to 453 AD. He was public enemy to the Roman Empire. Twice he attacked the Balkans; he marched his army through France; and his rulership spread from Germany to the Ural River and from the Danube River to the Baltic Sea. Many today regard him as a monster, a cruel dictator who ruled through fear. His death was really mysterious. He died on his wedding night from a simple nose bleed.
Bruce Lee's son Brandon was on the set of the film The Crow in which he was playing the lead role. One scene required Lee to be shot by a prop-gun firing blanks. The gun had been used several times before in filming but a cheaply made round of blanks had lodged part of the lead in the barrel of the gun. It caused his death.
Jesus said: "But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it." Hence he asks us to be prepared. None of us are guaranteed our next breath. We should always appreciate and acknowledge our blessings. An attitude of gratitude is a stepping-stone towards success. Our thoughts, our words, and our actions must be building blocks to creating the life that you want. But in reality, we do not dare to act. We wait for something. Dr. Seuss put it humorously (Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist most widely known for his children's books written under the pen names Dr. Seuss).
"Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance." Everyone is just waiting." We have heard many times the line, "Live everyday as if it were your last" It is high time that we started doing something meaningful in life. So let us find our passion. Passion isn't just a hobby or a pastime. It's a kind of love that burns so deep it sets you alive. Passion allows you to feel that everything is right in the world. There are many people out there who follow their heart, no matter what. And it's brought them to great heights. So find your passion, and make your life meaningful. When you want to pass some form of positivity and happiness to others, the results can be amazing.
Even though we are all aware of the imminence of death, we still have the power to dream. We can look to the future for a day when we will achieve unrivaled greatness. Every day, we should bring us closer and closer to our goal, every day we must bring us closer and closer to greatness. With this mindset and decree, lives life to the fullest. Enjoy every minute of the day. Do things that can make us happy. And always DO good things to others for we never know how long we will stay. Life is just borrowed, so we must live accordingly.