Jesus describes as so many pains, wars, earthquakes, false messiahs and persecutions because of his name; and this is what all generations of Christians, following the apostles, had to face for more than two thousand years.
But this time of pain is not only a time of disaster or persecution. It is also the time, Jesus tells us, when the Gospel is to be proclaimed to all nations and when the Holy Spirit speaks for the defense of Christ’s disciples.
When we speak of the end of the world, the end of time, men usually react with either derision or fear.
The Christian waits for this event in prayer and joy, just as a mother waits serenely for the birth of her child. “I await the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come”: this is what we proclaim every Sunday at Mass.