Meditation – 17th November 2019

The Deep End – ‘Endurance’
We are reading the final chapters of Luke’s Gospel for
Year C. Jesus is in Jerusalem and the passages we hear
are talking about end times. The people gathered are
obviously excited, having seen how magnificent the
Temple is, but the time for excitement might not be just
yet. Jesus reminds them, and us, that these things are
short-lived and we should not be too bothered about ‘fine
stonework’ and ‘votive offerings’. These things do not
last. At some point, we have all seen and heard someone
shouting on the streets or on the internet about the end of
the world. You’d be forgiven for thinking that today’s
Gospel is trying to achieve the same thing.
Jesus tries to comfort people regarding various
crises that will happen; the call is to take perspective, to
look at the bigger picture. Endurance is the message of
today’s gospel. The people of Jerusalem will witness the
destruction of the Temple, the disciples will face
persecution, people of faith will have tough times ahead.
Whatever crisis may come, Jesus is asking people to keep
going, to stay focused and not be afraid.
‘Lord, when we are young we think that
we become great through our
achievements. Life has taught us the
truth of Jesus’ words: it is by endurance
that we win our lives.’       Michel De Verteuil

Jane Mellett