ALTAR CALL: Priest: We’re in the end times
ARE WE READING and understanding the signs of the times or are we too caught up in our activities to realise the world is coming to an end?
This question was raised by Monsignor Vincent Harcourt Blackett during the 6:30 a.m. mass at St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Jemmotts Lane, St Michael, last Thursday.
Along with advising his congregants to take note of the signs, he encouraged them to “pray for peace in the world, for God to give us the grace to receive the signs of the times, pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for peace in the Middle East”.
He noted: “Pope Francis said what is happening may be the beginning of World War III, but for others, it is the end of the world. Take note of that.”
The Catholic cleric drew the congregation’s attention to the recent terrorist attack in Paris and those taking place in other parts of the world, as he shared from Luke 19:44, a verse which speaks about the Jews’ failure to recognise Jesus as the Messiah when He came to earth.
The monsignor correlated the Jews’ failure to recognise their King to the failure of some in today’s world to recognise the end time season “in which we are living”.
He said Bible prophecy indicated that Jews from across the world would return to Jerusalem in great numbers before Jesus Christ’s return, and that this prophecy was being fulfilled even in this very season.
Prayers offered up during the 30-minute morning mass were centred on world peace and order, consistently serving Jesus Christ and for God’s salvation to be experienced across the nations of the earth.
After mass, a few of the congregants remained to spend additional time in prayer and thanksgiving to God.
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