Message of the Week

Reflections from the November 15 Gospel

Mark 13:24-32
“But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” It may strike us as odd that there are things that the angels don’t know. But it’s even more surprising that Jesus—the Son of God—would have been unaware of the divine schedule for the end of the world. Given all of this, should it come as any surprise that there are things that God chooses not to reveal to us right now?
In his wisdom, God knows when the timing is right to reveal his plans to us. The fact that we don’t know everything helps us remember that we are not God. In this era of instant Internet information, it’s hard to accept the fact that there are some things we just can’t know. But this reality should keep us humble, reminding us that we don’t have to know everything because we are in the powerful hands of a loving God. Accepting what God chooses to reveal and trusting that even our moments of uncertainty are part of his benevolent plan for us. As today’s psalm declares, “you will show me the path to life.” What else do we really need to know?

Questions of the Week

Mark 13:24-32:
Why do you think the end-time has
not yet occurred?
Daniel 12:1-3:
What images of heaven and hell are seen in today’s reading?
Hebrews 10:11-14, 18:
How do you think Jewish Christians reacted to the message of Hebrews that challenged traditional Jewish practices?