Always Be Honest Proverbs 12:22
Count Your Blessing Psalms 34:1-3
Keep Your Promises Romans 4:21
Comfort One Another 1 Thessalonians 4:18
and above all...Love One Another 1 Peter 1:22
Be Supportive of one Another Acts 20:35
Be Kind and Tenderhearted Ephesians 4:32
Father George’s Address in India. Father George has returned to his homeland. If you would like to send him a note, his address is printed below. We wish for him only the best in his retirement. Check with the Post Office for postal rates, it takes more than one stamp!
Fr. George Kallumkalkudy
Carmel Provincial House
P.O. Box No. 34
Muvattupuzha - 868 661
“Of that day or hour, no one knows.” (Mark 13:32 )
When Jesus said that “no one knows” when the Second Coming would
happen, was he saying that even he didn’t know? It sure seems that way.
Maybe he was reminding us that he had submitted to the limitations of being
human, just like us. Yes, he was fully divine, but he was also fully human.
And that entailed certain limitations. This is why Luke tells us that
Jesus was always increasing in wisdom “before God and man” (Luke 2:52)
Today, however, Jesus knows when he will come again. The problem is,
we still don’t know!
Repeatedly throughout history, people have tried to predict the end of
the world. St. Paul thought it was just around the corner. St. Hippolytus of
Rome and St. Irenaeus of Lyon thought it would happen in AD 500. John
Wesley, the first Methodist, thought the end would come in 1836. Many
Christian leaders—and no shortage of psychics—have also weighed in. Not
surprisingly, many of these people then recalculated the dates after their first
predictions didn’t come true, only to have their followers disappointed
Some believers are more cautious. They tell us that we will see specific
clues when the time is near. They point to certain signs—a war in the Middle
East, a drought in Africa, earthquakes in Peru, or some other disaster.
When those signs occur, it means that Jesus is very near.
Still, no human being knows when Jesus will come. It could be today. It
may not be for thousands of years.
St. Francis had a different take on the subject. Once, when he was working
in the garden, a friar asked, “What would you be doing now if you
knew that Jesus was coming back today?” Francis replied, “I would keep
hoeing my garden.” Francis knew he was trying his best to be ready, and
there was nothing more he could do.
The point is, Jesus will come. So our best answer is the same as it has
always been: be ready.
“Come, Lord Jesus!”
(The Word: November 2018 edition)