As we come to the end of the Church’s year, the Sunday Gospel readings focus our attention on the “end times.” Jesus foretells the destruction of the magnificent Temple in Jerusalem, which took place in 70 AD, when the Romans ruthlessly put down a Jewish uprising. He warns his disciples to expect natural disasters, turmoil and persecution of Christians. But the Lord reassures his disciples that God will be with them in the time of trial – not a hair of their heads will be lost.
When the world around us seems confusing and frightening, these words of the Lord encourage us to stand firm in our faith. St Paul tells us to “go on quietly working” – doing the right thing with patience and courage. The truths of the Gospel remain true for all time. God is with us.