In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Scary things are going on and will only increase. But don’t be afraid! Be excited! That is today’s Gospel in a nutshell. The return of Christ is imminent. Just like the buds on the fig tree, ready to burst open with flowers that give way to fruit, are a sign of the impending rebirth of spring and summer and the happiness of those seasons, so are the signs today. We see all around us distress of nations, wars and rumors of wars, disease, famine, rampant false doctrine, abounding lawlessness, and the love of many growing cold (Mt. 24:9-12). Your grandparents are right: it wasn’t this bad when they were your age; the world really is getting worse by the day. As bad as these things may be, as evil as they make these days, all of these signs are a 70-degree day in March. Just like that unseasonably warm day in March reminds you that soon you can put away sweaters and open your windows and smell the flowers in bloom, so do these signs tell you that better things are coming. Soon wars will cease and peace will reign. Soon diseases and famines will be a thing of the past as everyone sits at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb in His Kingdom. Soon false doctrine and false prophets and false christs will no longer plague the faithful but will spend eternity in the flames prepared for the devil and his angels. Soon true love will be known as we are gathered around the throne of Love Incarnate. Look up and lift up your heads because your Redemption draws near!
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).