Luke takes today’s passage directly from Mark’s Gospel in chapter 13. Mark is the oldest of the synoptic gospels and the shortest with only 16 chapters bringing about a sense of urgency in Jesus’ earthly ministry. Mark focuses on the destruction of the Jerusalem temple as the end times. Yet, for Luke, the destruction of the Jewish temple is not the end, it is the beginning.
The destruction of the temple is the beginning of the Christian age. The time between Jesus’ ascension and his second coming in glory is a time in which the Christian can find security in the promise of Jesus.
Since baptism, these bodies of ours have become temples in which God shares his life. Often times, we come to the realization that we have seasoned, run our course, and now we wait. What do we wait for? What do we contemplate upon? Our will, distribution of our assets, or the well being of our loved ones?
I propose that we look toward the Risen One who on the last day will call us from our tombs to stand before us, either to be inheritors of his kingdom or his enemies who become his footstool. Look toward the end in which eternal life begins, in which all will be revealed and understood.
As we celebrate Eucharist, contemplate on the brevity of life, give thanks for what it has evolved to, and come to love Jesus in a final way. For receiving him each day here in Holy Communion is the great rehearsal for when we finally behold him face to face.