5 And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, 6 "As for these things which you see, the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down." 7 And they asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign when this is about to take place?" 8 And he said, "Take heed that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name, saying, `I am he!' and, `The time is at hand!' Do not go after them. 9 And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified; for this must first take place, but the end will not be at once." 10 Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11 there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
Last days of the week we meditated on the Kingdom of God and we terminated with an accent to the importance of faith. Jesus, Himself has explained to us how we can discover this unexpected arrival and prepare ourselves for it. He warns us that there will be troubles and tensions. In the face of this uncertainty and disarray, the first reading assures all the baptized, especially all those who put the Word of God into action, not to worry or get panicked. This assurance of peace and trust helps us live our lives fully in the Lord, fixing our look on the heavenly Jerusalem, the place that is prepared for us.
The same look is oriented towards the humanity and this must be a look of God, a grateful look, filled with compassion and mercy. God has trusted us right from the beginning of the creation. When we celebrate baptism we are remember this Word of God which was addressed to the first parents and today to us through Jesus Christ, 'in you I have put my trust.' Christian life is a response to this divine trust and confidence. It is in this trust and confidence that our Christian life gets its root and source. By consequence we realise the need to praise the Lord and serve Him with all our heart and soul.
Once we understand this finality of life and in truth is rooted in God, like a branch that attaches itself to the vine, our life is ‘de facto’ transformed and we are no more the person. It is in this transformation that we seek only that which pleases the Lord and nothing other than this, even in our troubled and difficult moment of life. We will do His will and that will be our joy of living. Our acts and our words will be coherent to all that we are; the children of God. The world will see in us this presence of God, the pure and effective divine visibility. They will see the true presence of God in us amidst them.
Since we carry within us the Light of Christ, since we are the salt of the earth, we must not be led astray like the others. We must not go to the right, nor to the left, seeking the Kingdom of God, for 'the Kingdom of God is in our midst,' says the Lord. The Lord who lives in us will guide us in everything we have to do and everything we have to say. It is thus our acts will become the divine act and our words, the Word of God.
The Christian life depends on the Lord in a radical and perfect way. Let us not be afraid, neither of this world, nor of all that goes on around God. Our God is at work. He will never abandon us. Let us carry this divine hope in us. Let us by our actions and our words, be this Light of the Resurrection. Let us be happy and joyful. Let others who see in us this light of the Risen One, the joy of the gospel, and the Deep Peace, say that we are the Christians. Amen.