It seems that these are difficult times in the world we live. Peace is fleeting - news of uprisings, wars and all kinds of human conflicts keep arriving from all over the world. Earthquakes have demolished entire cities and tsunamis have swallowed up thousands of people. Nuclear fallouts from damaged reactors are threatening to pollute and poison us, while economic conditions are leaving more and more people in dire need.
The society in which we live seems to be as fragile as ever. The youth are faced with difficult decisions at the crossroads of life. Temptations are looming everywhere we turn. Families are being dissolved and lives broken.
One could fall into despair watching the news and pondering over what the world is coming to.
Some people even speak of the prophesies of the tribulations of the end times and many are raising the question: Are we there yet? Are these events the signs of the end of the world?
It is at a moment like this that the message of Christ becomes even more relevant. He offers reassurance that we are not alone; He has promised that He will always be there with us to fight the good fight for us; He is our General who supplies us with the Weapons of Light, hope, faith and endurance. He is the only one who can give us peace!
Christ offers us love and compassion in our suffering. He suffers with us in order to redeem us! He showed us through His life the way of humility, selflessness and self-sacrifice. He has died so that we may have life eternal.
In Christ, God visited the world in order to save it. He took upon Himself our humanity in order to heal it. He lived on earth with us and shared both in our joys and sufferings. He continues to share in our humanity so that we may share in His Divinity and be healed from our fallen state through His Holiness. He took humanity and perfected it in a way unexpected by the wise of the world, for God’s way transcends human reason.
It is to Him that we must turn at a time like this. He is the one who promised: “Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev 2:10), “I will keep you from the hour of trial which is coming on the whole world” (Rev 3:10), “I will grant you to sit with me on my throne” (Rev 3:21).
It is to Him that we must turn for consolation and hope!