When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that the time has come when it will be reduced to a wasteland. If you are in Judea, flee to the mountains! If you are in Jerusalem, leave! If you are outside the city, don’t enter it! For these will be the days of its punishment, and all that was announced in the Scriptures will be fulfilled. How hard will it be for pregnant women, and for mothers with babies at the breast! For a great calamity will come upon the land, and wrath upon this people. They will be put to death by the sword, or taken as slaves to other nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled upon by the pagans, until the time of the pagans is fulfilled. Then there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth anguish of nations, perplexed when they hear the roaring of the sea and its waves. People will faint with fear at the mere thought of what is to come upon the world, for the forces of the universe will be shaken. Then, at that time, they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. So, when you see things begin to happen, stand erect and lift up your heads, for your deliverance is drawing near.”
In the history of the world, we, humans, had the shares of terrible and frightening experiences because of war, famine, plagues, and natural calamities, like earthquakes, typhoons and floods. These terrifying events continue to happen until today. We have our own experiences of these calamities. In the gospel, the Lord warned His followers that these things are going to happen before He comes again in glory. Yet, He told them that when these things are happening they should “stand erect and lift up their heads for their deliverance is drawing near”.
To trust in God all throughout our life is truly a challenge. To say we are not going to give up is easier said than done; not to be afraid is a big question mark. As we try to fulfill our commitment to the Lord, we would entertain doubt in the face troubles. We become insecure and fearful. But, it is very consoling to know that the Lord would come to rescue and deliver us. /Vulnerasti, 2022