By: Chad Hyatt
Reflection – v. 37 ‘as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man’
Apocalypse does not portend the end of the world. It literally means ‘revelation.’ This is not just a technical point: apocalyptic language reveals, uncovering the truth about our reality and the times in which we live—however strange and obscure the language may seem. That brings us to a second point. Apocalypse is about our times—not the end-times. To put the apocalypse off into the future robs its dramatic power and shields us from its call to action. Worse, it leaves us numb to the truth of God’s liberating activity in our present. Apocalyptic language helps us diagnose the truth of our times, determining where God is in the seeming chaos of our world. While images of many-headed beasts and earth-shaking signs may seem strange, even frightening, that language may help us to name the beastly power of systems and institutions and currents of racism that threaten human community, sending shockwaves around the globe. This language grabs our attention with ultimate urgency so that we might see that our own times are as critical as the ‘days of Noah’ or the end of the world—for these are our days and this is our world. Right now and right here is where the drama of our salvation unfolds. Apocalyptic literature gives us language to name the truth that we must work for justice when it seems the world is on fire. We are called to live out our faith besieged by forces that are bigger than us—but not bigger than our God.
Prayer: Help us, God of truth, to see our world as it is.