Homily for Mass – Deschatelets Residence

[Readings: Daniel 7:2-14;  Daniel 3;  Luke 21:29-33]


Daniel’s vision that we hear in the first reading is frightening: he sees beasts appearing that he describes as terrifying, dreadful.  The vision could well be a comment on human history … an image of the tyrants and regimes that arise and claim dominion for a time.  In the end Daniel sees the vision of the Ancient One, and the one ‘like a human being’ receiving everlasting dominion.  Daniel’s vision ends in seeing God’s triumph.


The Gospel continues the apocalyptic discourse in Luke’s Gospel.  After Jesus mentions the cosmic and earthly upheavals that will be seen (as we heard yesterday), today we hear his invitation to see in them and through them that the kingdom of God is near.


The Christian vision is one that doesn’t see eternal life and God’s kingdom as something in the distant future.  Rather, its something that we’re always standing on the threshold of.  The kingdom of God is near … it’s always ready to break through … like the fig tree ready to sprout leaves.


Amidst the many crises of the world and even in the church, its easy to give way to pessimism or cynicism.  Even in the demands of the daily grind we can forget the vision that we’re meant to have.


We come once again to celebrate the eucharist … heaven and earth meet in this holy exchange of gifts … may our Mass this morning set before our sight once again the vision of God’s triumph in our lives.  Today may we discern that the kingdom of God is near.