Today’s lectionary passage from Luke 21:25-36 highlights the end of history. Jesus is wrapping-up his earthly ministry by warning his friends to be ready. The discussion begins with bleak reminders but it will end with light and life. First the bad. Jesus’ description creates a horrifying mental image. “People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken” Luke 21:26. Calamities and disasters are not pleasant. Think of hurricane Katrina that broke New Orleans in 2005. And that’s just one among many such earthquakes, fires, tsunamis, and natural disasters always occurring somewhere.Read More →