Hope for Despairing Times

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth no solution will be found to ease the tension between the nations. Blind impulses of elemental power will serge up, storming waves and roaring of the sea. Human beings will loose grip of themselves in fear and anxiety. The very powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then to seeing souls the Son of Man will come close and appear in a new way with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because new life is drawing near.”
Gospel of Luke 21

These powerful words from the gospel are Christ’s words. And we are experiencing this.

For the sun and moon gave us there sign in the total eclipse. The elemental powers are surging- the west, burning with fire. The south under water, being whipped by wind and waves. No solution can found for adolescent nations in perpetual war, at the brink of nuclear disaster. Human souls are loosing themselves in fear, hate, anger and despair. This is real.

And yet, dear friends, the wind is meant to blow. Fire is meant to burn. Nations are designed to war. And radically, the gospel also tells us that these difficult events are meant to happen- necessary in divine evolution. Christ tells us that these are not punishments from God, not sicknesses of the earth, but signs!, signals that something profound is taking place right now- that the Christ has come close to your heart like never before.

Dear brothers and sisters! In these despairing times, let us not say ‘yes’ to the temptation of despair and fear for that would be to miss our call- to misunderstand these signs. For each and every human soul is being called by these difficult times to awaken our spiritual eyes to true security; not in nature, not in governments, not in worldly power, not even in our own souls. We are being called to awaken to the the living Christ, our true security, who is hear and now and in our heart of hearts. 

But this is not a call to neglect the earth, for He is in our neighbour. He weaves through our earth. He comes alive in how we love our work in the world. 

May Christ be our ground. Everything else will lead to despair.