November 25, 2018
Dear Parishioners and Visitors,
In this Gospel, Jesus speaks about the days when "the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken." Whilst those images call to mind the end of time, they can also apply to our own lives.
We all have occasions when our personal world is shaken when things seem to be falling apart, and when sadness and pain darkened the joy of living. Even in our darkest hour, the Lord does not abandon us.
Jesus tells us to "learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates."
When our personal lives are in turmoil, we need to realize that God is at our gates. His eye is always upon us as He watches over us night and day, particularly so in our moments of deep sorrow, doubt, and pain. And He assures us that we will indeed have the ongoing presence of the Holy Spirit in our midst, guiding, protecting, and strengthening us in spite of our necessary uncertainties in life on earth. Stay close to Him as we journey, we have nothing to fear. His gift to us is His presence with us 'till the end of the world.
-fr. Peter Damian, O.P.