My Dear Sisters and Brothers! Our Lord Jesus Christ has just spoken to us words about distress, darkened and shaken world. He didn’t want to scare us but to pour hope and faith into our souls. The words of Jesus we have just heard were first heard by Peter, Andrew, John and James. Jesus said that when this little group sat on the Mount of Olives a few days before they returned to the same Mount of Olives where Jesus prayed to his Father to take away the cup of suffering. Jesus didn’t seek suffering but he sought to love his Father and to love us, his sisters and brothers, to the end, even if the end meant death. We have been saved by Jesus who even on the cross loved his Father and us.
I invite you all gathered in this church to close your eyes now. It is dark now, isn’t it? But why is it dark? Is it dark because there is no light outside? Or is it dark because your closed eyes stop the light? Open your eyes now. The darkness is gone because there is light around us.
When Jesus was taken away when he prayed on the Mount of Olives the disciples felt like us a few moments ago. They felt that they were plunged into darkness and despair. However a few of them like John, Mary Magdalen and our Blessed Mother followed Jesus closely right to the Mount of Calvary. Those few people were not lunatics going aimlessly. They followed Jesus like plants follow the direction of the Sun. Those few people were the first of many to come who in the suffering Son of Man, beaten, covered in blood and humiliated, saw God’s love shining powerfully. When the Lord was taken and crucified the world was covered in darkness becouse world was basking in the light of God’s love shining so strongly that the world which hadn’t seen anything like that before felt blinded.
At this Mass as we sit next to Peter, Andrew, James and John listening to Jesus speaking about the world coming it its end, the Lord is coming to us. He is coming in the Holy Communion. Before the glorious day when all will ‘see him coming in the clouds with great power and glory’ we see him coming to us in this bread and wine. Today he is coming with power over our hearts, minds and wills so that when his glorious day occurs finally at the end of time, when we are resurrected, we may be in his new heaven and earth because coming to us so many times he has transferred us into children of light.
I encourage you to learn and treasure the stories of our martyrs because these stories show us women and men who like Our Blessed Mother, John and Mary Magdalen followed Jesus when they themselves were surrounded by darkness of hatred and persecution but still in that darkness they believed in God’s love for them. They believed they were loved by God not because it felt like but because God said so, because God showed his love on the cross.