As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many
You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.
Matthew 24: 3 – 10
The disciples want to know when Jesus will return. They want to know the details of dates of what Jesus has been speaking about, but Jesus shifts their focus. Instead of answering their question of when, Jesus tells them what to watch out for. He prepares them for what is to come. He wants to make sure that they are ready. We like to know when things will happen, convinced that by having that information, we will be ready when the time comes. Instead of being worried about when things will happen, let us shift our focus to being ready when the time comes. Let us do the work now, and continue to grow in faith and love, and share our faith with other people.
Prayer: God of all times, you teach us to keep our minds focused on loving you and loving our neighbour. May we continue to focus on this, instead of what is outside of our control. Help us to focus on how we can serve you instead of what might happen tomorrow. Amen.
Action: Be present to today and what you can do today.