The Ultimate Authority

18 Nov 2018 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on The Ultimate Authority

During these last two weeks of the liturgical year, we are presented with Scripture readings which are identified by scholars as a type of literature called apocalyptic. It is kind of like writing in code, so that insiders will know what it means, while outsiders remain puzzled. This kind of writing was used during a period of religious persecution to obscure meaning from non-believers. It was particularly popular in Jesus’ day, due to pressures first from the Greeks, then the Romans.

So, in today’s first reading we find this type of writing in the book of Daniel, while in the Gospel, Jesus uses the same vocabulary and imagery as Daniel (e.g. the title: Son of Man, who will have ultimate authority when the bad times are over, which in turn will be a judgment on all, etc.) Note that the idea of a final victory which will also be a time of judgment is presented to us at this time of year for us to reflect upon before we shift focus in the Advent season.

It is fitting that we be ever mindful that what we do and say has consequences, because judgment by the one who knows all, is inevitable.

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