"When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, ‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.’
They asked him, ‘Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?’ And he said, ‘Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, “I am he!”* and, “The time is near!”* Do not go after them.
‘When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.’ Then he said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.
‘But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defence in advance; for I will give you words* and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls."
We stand in two worlds, the physical and the spiritual. The current events in the world, whether natural
or human caused has brought a lot of people a great deal of distress and worry. Jesus comforts us in this
passage of Luke by saying, “When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened.” Today’s world
brings to our lives a lot of unrest. Jesus wants us to know that God is still in control. Jesus promises us he
will return, but we need to continue to follow him faithfully as we wait.
Waiting on Jesus is not just praying and sitting back waiting for something to happen.
Waiting on Jesus requires an action on our part. Pray to seek his help and guidance. Listen and wait for
Jesus to fill us and show us the way. Remind each other there is always hope. And as the song goes: “Go
tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born”. Share with your neighbor how you endured the
hardships through of salvation of Jesus Christ.
Waiting on Jesus. Pray. Listen. Remind. Share.
Parishioner, St. Anne's Episcopal Church
De Pere, Wisconsin