As the end of the Church’s year approaches, today’s Gospel reading shows Jesus looking ahead to the last days. The powers of the world will fall. Heaven and earth will pass away, but the words of Jesus’ teaching will not pass away. He will return in judgement, to save those who believe in him.
As disciples of Christ, we are always looking ahead to eternal life. We live in this world, but we know that it will pass away, and that allows us to give the things of this world their true importance. Like the Lord himself, we do not know the day or the hour, and so we have to try to live every day of our lives in readiness for judgement. This doesn’t mean that we are indifferent to the world we live in: it means, simply, living out the commandments to love God and love our neighbour – putting our faith in the truth that will not pass away. Then we can face judgement, not with fear, but with trust in God’s mercy.