The end of the world

by Kevin Birnbaum

Last_Judgment_Detail_MichelangeloThe Last Judgment (detail) by Michelangelo (1475-1564)

So, unsurprisingly, the world did not end yesterday. But as we come to the end of Advent, it’s good to remember that this season is about waiting and preparing, not only for the coming of Christ at Christmas, but also for his Second Coming at the end of the world as we know it, on “the last day” (see John 6). Each week, in the Nicene Creed, Catholics affirm their faith that Jesus “will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.”

But no calendar can tell us when that will happen. “Watch therefore,” Jesus tells us, “for you know neither the day nor the hour” (Mt 25:13).