In this Sunday's reading from Mark, Jesus responds to an enthusiastic comment about the magnificence of The Temple with a stark prediction that soon not one stone would be left upon another.
There is much scholarship devoted to this passage and to those verses that follow in Chapter Thirteen. One question debated is whether Jesus is talking exclusively about the destruction of The Temple (which happened in 70 AD), or whether he is also alluding to the end of time. But either way, his words of preparation are about staying the course despite the calamitous disruptions of war and natural disaster and fakes pretending to be saviors.
What does staying the course look like for you?
Dreadful news on the front page can make me want to retreat under a quilt, eat sugar and read detective fiction. But our appointed Hebrews reading offers a refreshing alternative. "
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.