Principal’s Message: Week of November 15, 2015
33rd Week of Ordinary Time
Dear Friends of St. Luke’s,
"Jesus said to his disciples, 'But in those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels and gather [his] elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky…Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.' " ~ Mark 13: 24-27, 30-32
This week’s scripture passage was and is known as the "Olivet Discourse" since it took place on the Mount of Olives. It was a powerfully-presented lesson to Jesus' disciples.
By this time, our Lord schooled his apostles on his second coming. His teaching to the masses had ended. Political unrest abounded. The Siege of Jerusalem during 70 A.D. would fulfill the destruction of the famous Second Temple just as Jesus had predicted. Our Lord is giving us a panoramic view of human history in Mark's 13th chapter.
The fulfillment of "end-time prophesies" actually began in the first century immediately after Jesus' death. Yet, with all the destruction that took place under Titus' rule, the infant church remained unharmed. Jesus' followers had fled and were spared as they heeded his words in the Olivet Discourse.
Wars, persecution, earthquakes and famines all existed then as they do now. You have seen the news and read reports on the suffering and marginalized peoples in Asia, Africa and Latin America, throughout our world, and now, what occurred in Paris, France.
“There is no place for terrorism in a civilized society. Causing the death of anyone is a sin against God and a crime against humanity,” Archbishop Villegas of Rome said. Pope Francis has urged the faithful to pray not only for the victims and their loved ones, but also for the terrorists so that a new sense of humanity will possess their souls again. The Pope prayed,
“Pray for Paris. Pray for the victims and their grieving loved ones. Pray for the terrorists that a new sense of humanity will possess their souls again,” he said. “Our brothers’ blood is crying from the bloodied soil, not for vengeance but for end to senseless violence.”
Dear friends of St. Luke’s, our hope spans the first through the 21st centuries, knowing that they who endure until the end will be saved. In obeying God's commandments, we always will be at the ready. If Christ could return in the twinkling of an eye and if, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church tell us, "already the final age of the world is with us," we can confidently go forward knowing that Christ’s reign is yet-to-be-fulfilled with great power and glory.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoy your vacation. We shall see you back here at school on Monday, November 30th- the Feast of St. Andrew!