Fr. Noel Corcino, CJM
The Scribes were left confused when Jesus said “he would rebuild the temple in three days” last Sunday. Mark is depicting Jesus revealing his body as the temple to be rebuilt in three days and becomes an ultimate reference of God’s living presence.
Rebuilding is overshadowing a nearing destruction. It is pointing to the end of time where sun, moon, and stars produced no light thus darkness would cover the whole universe. However, this apocalyptic writing is disclosed not to frighten us but to awaken our drooping souls. We need to prepare for this long haul with hope in our heart because God will never leave us. The gospel has implausible assurances, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away" (13:31).
The Word is the sign of hope in the midst of the current influential culture of indifference. There is always a streak of light in the midst of the darkness that brings hope to each soul anchored in Christ. Only God knows the chronological timetable, he is the only One who knows when exactly the end of time. But the humanity has been awakened with His call to vigilance so that the Messiah’s coming will truly be a gift of salvation to every single soul that awaits patiently.
The hope that emanates from the Messiah who is to come would not dishearten us and the promise of salvation is clearly seen. Our suffering is no longer a question to all of us as we look forward to the promise of that triumphant reign of the Son of God. The corrupt world that continues to entice our weakling humanity will have its great hope to change into a radical world where we will speak of the transcending power of the great SIGN of the end of time.
God indeed has been actively present in every moment not just at the end of time. His guiding presence is embedded in his unconditional love for humanity. The suffering, death, and resurrection of the Son who is to come will remain a great sign of our happy ending as He promised.