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The sun will be darkened, and the moon will turn red as blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. Joel 2: 31
There have been lots of talk and oodles of predictions concerning end times. What with the wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis, category five hurricanes, tornado outbreaks, flooding and threats of war, signs surely indicate that our world could be headed for a major change. Perhaps we are experiencing labor pains in some mysterious way. Truth be told, however, people have been predicting and awaiting the return of Jesus to judge the living and the dead since His ascension to the Father in heaven nearly two thousand years ago.
According to the Medjugorje visionaries, (apparitions not yet approved by the Church) the process of Jesus’ return has begun. Our Lady has told them that there will be a sign that will appear – an undeniable sign that everyone will be able to see. Upon seeing the sign, millions will convert. Millions more will be unmoved. Shortly after the sign appears, Jesus will return, but not before some major earth event.
God’s time is not our time, however. He sees past, present and future all at once – just as surely as He can be present in all places at all times. Since He is not bound by space and time, what may be years to us could be the blink of an eye for Him. Will this all unfold in our lifetime? Only time will tell.
There is one thing for sure, and that is that we will face our own death and personal judgment one day. I tell my students that as followers of Jesus, we do not need to live in fear. This is not what God wants of us. He wants us to live with peace in our hearts, content that He holds everything and everyone in His hands. God is in control. He wants the best for those that love Him (He even wants it for those who don’t love Him, but sadly, they reject Him). Those of us who follow Jesus and entrust our lives to the tender loving care of His Most Sacred Heart have nothing to fear. When He does return, it will be to judge AND to set things right for those that love Him. The heavens and the earth will be made anew – just as it was supposed to be in the Garden of Eden. We will live in such wonderful communion with Him. Evil will have been crushed, and love will prevail.
The moral of the story is – get your house in order. Don’t do it out of fear. Fear does not come from God. Do it out of love for the God who loves you deeply, passionately – completely! The only appropriate response to His all-encompassing Love is our love. Don’t be afraid to surrender to Him, and be enveloped by that Love. It will transform your life, and your family’s as well!