Meditation – 18th November 2018

The Deep End – My words will not pass away
This Gospel reading from St. Mark is part of a farewell
speech from Jesus to his followers in the last days of his
earthly life. It sounds almost apocalyptic because we are
nearing the end of the Church’s liturgical year and so the
texts we read take this tone. Jesus is revealing to his
disciples something about the new order which is coming.
He talks about the ‘end times’ and this can appear
frightening at first. However, if we enter into a
meditation on this Gospel we might bring to mind
something of those moments in our own lives when we
felt like our world was ending. Perhaps it was the end of
a relationship, the death of a loved one, the end of one
stage of your life. Things which seemed so familiar and
helped keep us secure suddenly changed. These can be
extremely difficult periods of one’s life. It is during those
times that someone comes to us offering prophecy of
better times to come, of words that ‘will not pass away’.
Jesus is preparing the disciples for what is about to
happen to him and with assurance that God’s kingdom is
far greater than any evil that is about to occur. The
passage is often interpreted as referring to the second
coming of Christ or his resurrection. Whenever we
experience trauma we keep going with the assurance that
resurrection is all around us and a new way of being is on
the horizon.
Jane Mellett