As we approach Advent we hear a lot about the end, but Brian Strassburger, SJ, reminds us that every end is also a beginning in this week’s One-Minute Homily. Based on the readings for Sunday, November 17.
The end is near! The end of the liturgical year is near!
Hi, I’m Brian Strassburger and this is my One-Minute Reflection.
Next week we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, which ends our liturgical year. So today’s Gospel is all about the end times. But like, the end of the world.
Well, two thousand years after the Gospel was written, the end of the world still has not come. Sometimes it might feel like it is looming closer, whether with nuclear weapons or climate change. But the truth is we do not know when the final ending will come.
But we do experience smaller endings all the time. The end of a relationship. The end of a job or career. The end of a year.
And every ending comes with a new beginning. One day, the end of this world will give way to God’s reign. A new liturgical year begins with Advent.
What ending is looming largest in your life? How can you lift that up to God? And what new beginning will it offer you?
The end is near. And so is a new beginning.