Signs and Wonders

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 11/10/2016

in Ordinary Time

Thirty Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

“When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” (LK 21: 9)

Jesus tells the people of the destruction of the Temple and the “end times” These can be the signs pointing to the future “end times.”
He speaks of “the Day of the Lord” when natural disasters, wars and persecutions become signs
of warnings. But he tells the people, “You will be hated because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” (Lk 21: 17-19)

Signs and Wonders

Signs seem to be everywhere.
Some signs guide, and some signs warn.
Read carefully the signs of our times.

We follow arrow signs, detour signs that guide us to our journey’s end.
Red, yellow, green lights keep travelers safe if they know the meanings of Stop, Wait, and Go.

Seasons have signs.
Spring is on its way when robins come to stay.
Summer has warnings signs like tornadoes, hurricanes and typhoons.
Fall, like spring, birds are the signal. The warblers head south for a warmer climate. Winter brings on a darkness, wind, grey clouds and finally snowflakes.

Why can’t we read the signs and the messages of disasters like fires and floods, death in car crashes, drugs and drinks, cancer and Alzheimer’s?
Do they carry any messages for you?
Do you see them as blessings or curses?

Be aware of the signs of our times and of our lives.
Our Good God loves us so much; he wants to take all of us into his Kingdom. Our God is warning our own disasters in our spiritual journeys.
“Jesus is coming, ready or not.”

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What are some situations that we must simply endure patiently?
  2. How can we be hope for the hopeless people?
  3. How are hope, justice, peace, and unity related to today’s Gospel?
  4. Suppose you knew the exact time of the end of the world. What might you choose to do differently?
  5. How is it possible to see everything as grace and as God’s gift?


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