Scripture readings about the end of time like those of this Sunday, which are called Apocalyptic readings, are always in technicolor, never in black and white. They are full of ominous signs and warnings and yet most of us don’t take them seriously, because deep inside we don’t believe that the world is going to end in our lifetimes. There may be difficult times. There will always be wars, pandemics, floods and so forth, but we believe that somehow we will come through it all. But of course, like all material things, the world as we know it will end. Why could it not be in our lifetime? But perhaps rather than worrying about the end of the world, we should worry about the end
of our own lives. We don’t not know when we will die, but it is certain that we will. Life is a gift, given to us by God. He blesses us with talents and opportunities. He wants us to make the most of life, and the most important aspect of life Is the relationships that sustain us, our relationship with Him and with our family and friends. Let us vow to make the most of our relationships. If we have broken relationships, let us mend them now. If we have bruised relationships, let us heal them now. And may we strengthen our good relationships so that they become even better. A time is coming when there will be no more time for us to do those things.