“He will gather his chosen from the four winds.”
As always at this time of year, we begin to contemplate the end of the world ‑ a theme that carries us over next Sunday’s feast (Christ the King) and so into Advent. Such a contemplation is not gloomy or morbid: throughout the ages (and especially in the early days) Christians have been utterly positive about the coming end of all things, because we know what will happen, and in fact we earnestly desire it to come: the phrase that gives this away is in the Gospel: “Then… he will send his angels to gather his chosen from the four winds.” This gathering of God’s children together will be a truly wonderful event, when we will all be completely enfolded in that love of God that we talk so much about.
O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup; it is you yourself who are my prize. I keep the Lord ever in my sight: since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm. And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad; even my body shall rest in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead, nor let your beloved know decay. You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence, at your right hand happiness for ever.
First Reading: Daniel 12: 1-3
Second Reading: Hebrews 10: 11-14, 18
Gospel Reading: Mark 13:24-32