“Children, it is the last hour; and as just you heard that the antichrist was coming,
so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour.” I John 2:18-21
The last hour is now 2000 years long. But like our own last hour, we know it’s coming to paraphrase Woody Allen, “I don’t want to be there when it happens.” Like Judas, the future Antichrist will likely be part of the religious crowd. John writes, “They (those with the spirit of the antichrist) went out from us, but they were not really of our number; if they had been, they would have remained with us. Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number” (I John 2:19)). Even though we are blessed with “the anointing:, even the son of man chose Judas.
When the real Antichrist comes, do we “run for the hills” or something else? Today’s readings outline on how to live in three ways:
- Keep it Current. Psalm 96 asks us to ” Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all you lands. Sing to the LORD; bless his name.” Even when the spiritual tornadoes near the landscape, the best way to stay awake (cf. Matthew 25) is to worship during history’s dark night of the soul.
- You are not alone. Psalm 96 adds, “let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them! Then shall all the trees of the forest exult before the LORD.” Most don’t consider nature as our natural allies but becoming green is God’s way of alerting us to the spiritual resources of mother nature. St. Francis prays for our awakening.
- We have the power. John 1 declares we have the “power to become the children of God.” Like Jesus, we have the power to offer up our lives as “living sacrifices.” Whether full-blown martyrdom or what some refer to as “white martyrdom” we have the power to say yes to Jesus and to no to the spirit of the antichrist.