The Very Future Of The World Is At Stake!

Pope Benedict Discusses The Apocalypse And The Signs Of Our Times!

Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican City

Dear brothers and sisters,

On this last Sunday of the liturgical year, Jesus’ discourse about the end times  is proclaimed at Mass (cf. Mark 13:24-32). This discourse is also found, with some variations, in Matthew and Luke, and it is probably the most difficult text in the Gospels.

This difficulty derives both from the content and the language: Jesus speaks of a future that is beyond our categories, and because of this Jesus uses images and words taken from the Old Testament, but, importantly, he inserts a new center, namely, himself, the mystery of his person and his death and resurrection. Today’s passage too opens with some cosmic images of an apocalyptic nature: “The sun will be darkened, the moon will no longer give its light, the stars will fall from the sky and the powers in the skies will be shaken” (Mark 13:24-25); but this element is relativized by what follows: “Then the Son of Man will come upon the clouds in the sky with great power and glory” (13:26). The “Son of Man” is Jesus himself, who links the present with the future; the ancient words of the prophets have finally found a center in the person of the Messiah of Nazareth: he is the central event that, in the midst of the troubles of the world, remains the firm and stable point.

Another passage from today’s Gospel confirms. Jesus says: “The sky and the earth will pass away but my words will not pass away” (13:31). In fact, we know that in the Bible the word of God is at the origin of creation: all creatures, starting with the cosmic elements – sun, moon, sky – obey God’s Word, they exist insofar as they are “called” by it. This creative power of the divine Word (“Parola”) is concentrated in Jesus Christ, the Word (“Verbo”) made flesh, and also passes through his human words, which are the true “sky” that orients the thought and path of man on earth. For this reason Jesus does not describe the end of the world and when he uses apocalyptic images he does not conduct himself like a “visionary.” On the contrary, he wants to take away the curiosity of his disciples in every age about dates and predictions and wishes instead to give them a key to a deep, essential reading, and above all to indicate the right path to take, today and tomorrow, to enter into eternal life. Everything passes – the Lord tells us – but God’s Word does not change, and before this Word each of us is responsible for his conduct. It is on this basis that we will be judged.

Dear friends, even in our times there is no lack of natural calamities, nor, unfortunately, of war and violence. Today too we need a stable basis for our life and our hope, much more because of the relativism in which we are immersed. May the Virgin help us to accept this center in the Person of Christ and in his Word.

The following are a set of quotes from the Holy Father regarding the times in which we now live.

Only if there is such a consensus on the essentials can constitutions and law function. This fundamental consensus derived from the Christian heritage is at risk… In reality, this makes reason blind to what is essential. To resist this eclipse of reason and to preserve its capacity for seeing the essential, for seeing God and man, for seeing what is good and what is true, is the common interest that must unite all people of good will. The very future of the world is at stake.  

The most terrifying sign of the times… [for now] there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a “better than” and a “worse than”. Nothing is good or bad in itself. Everything depends on the circumstances and on the end in view.

The tyranny of mammon […] perverts mankind. No pleasure is ever enough, and the excess of deceiving intoxication becomes a violence that tears whole regions apart – and all this in the name of a fatal misunderstanding of freedom which actually undermines man’s freedom and ultimately destroys it. 

Moral consensus is collapsing… Consequently the forces mobilized for the defense of such structures seem doomed to failure.  However, the grave challenges confronting the world at the start of this new Millennium lead us to think that only an intervention from on high, capable of guiding the hearts of those living in situations of conflict and those governing the destinies of nations, can give reason to hope for a brighter future.

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8 comments to The Very Future Of The World Is At Stake!

  • […] out right rejection of the moral and natural law.  Once again, our Holy Father has stated that the “very future of mankind is at stake.”  The following are highlights of one of the pope’s end of the year speeches delivered today […]

  • We are, & have been, living in a De Facto Schism…..”The American Catholic Church” is a reality, but, it’s the 2 ton elephant in the living room that nobody will talk about!! Except our Pope!! At 72, I’ve never heard of, nor read any, warnings as clearly given by Pope Benedict in the past 2-3 months. Yet RC’s continue to be surprised by what’s happening right under their noses!! “The Springtime of the Church” promised us by JP II will come…BUT…JP II knew full well, that the “Springtime” he promised us, comes AFTER the Blood of the Martyrs.
    I received a request for a donation from the DC National Shrine of Mary. In big block letters, across the top of the envelope, stamped at an angle, was: “THE AMERICAN CATHOLIC CHURCH”. I know thousands of people got the same ‘request’….didn’t anyone else SEE that?!? “It is What It Is!”

  • Br. Christopher Sale

    Dear TG, Lately it almost impossible to find a parish thats not doing something outside the realm of the teachings. I just like you go to various parishes. I’ve yet to find one that doesn’t have some form of nonsense going on. Last year the priest at my parish gave a sermon about the priest abuse. He told us not to fear because all 6 priest involved were removed. After mass we were all saying what is he talking about? 6? Only 6? Is he kidding or just misinformed.This was not the first time for this priest to made a stupid remark. This is what we’re up against. This same priest told me not to be teaching that the act of homosexuality is a sin in my ministry. He said its no longer a sin. What? I think the Bishops should be sending spyies out to these parishes to see what really goes on. They would be surprised. However let us pray that these wayward priest and nuns get back on track with the true teachings of our faith. God bless.

  • TG

    I wish I had heard a homily like this but this past Sunday when I visited another parish, the priest (who was foreign born and barely could speak English) interrupted the Book of Daniel reading which spoke of Michael, the prince. He said Michael was God not once but twice or more. I was shocked because I’ve always been taught that Michael in Scripture is St. Michael the Archangel. It was funny because right after the intentions asked for the help of St. Michael the Archangel but it went right past him. It upset me because those parishioners that don’t know Scripture left believing Michael is God. I wondered if this priest was a former Jehovah’s Witness because that is their belief. Anyway, my thought was – I’ll never come here again. This is the second time this month that I have said that to myself when visiting other parishes.

  • Tess O'Neal

    I msut ask our Democratic-voting friends” What exactly is the line you will not cross for your party? Twenty years ago, most Democrats were not in favor of abortion, but voted for the party in spite of it. Now, most, even Catholic approve of abortion. So, in light of the issues “in the hopper” as it were for the Democratic platform, I would advise you to consider what line you will not cross for your party. Your sould could very well depend on your answer, and your ability to stick to it. Twenty years passes very quickly…………..

  • Tess O'Neal

    I have often asked my Democratic-voting friends this question: Since apparently the killing of innocent children, the state-granted acceptance of sodomy, the left’s flirtations with incest and beastiality and pedophilia (except of course when a Catholic priest is involved) does not offend you to he extent that you will not vote for this platform, then I am compelled to learn what exactly is the line will you not cross for your party? Twenty years ago, most Democratic-voting citizens could be heard saying, “I don’t agree with abortion, but everything else the Democrats propose I am in favor of, so that is the way I vote.” Today, most agree with abortion who vote Democratic, but are they aware of where this is going? Perhpas. Again, I ask them, what is the line you will not cross? Make up your mind now, because your sould could depend on it.

  • Rita

    I think you’re right Fr.Wade !!

  • Truer words were never spoken coming from Pope Benedict XV1 successor to Peter the Rock.

    I believe that Jesus is mounting a white horse and Our Lady is putting on boxing gloves
    for the battle that lies ahead.

    Put our hope in the Lord and cry out for mercy on all souls

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