Now, with the "blood moon tetrad", in which we will have four lunar eclipses roughly six months apart from each other, some are once again predicting the end of the world. I'm sure someone is taking bets on this somewhere, and I would expect the odds are in favor of them being wrong. (After all, if they're right, the house will probably not have to pay out!)
I can understand the yearning for the last days - or the eschaton, as we like to say in seminary. I can understand the desire for a radical change. I can understand wanting for things to be different: more peaceful, more just.
Hundreds, if not thousands of people have sets dates for the last days. The one thing they all have in common is that they were all right .
None of us knows the future. We do have access to knowledge of the past. Today is always the last day that we can be sure of. And every moment is a moment of transformation.
Every day, justice is being done. Every day, someone is being freed.Every day, someone's thirst is being slaked, and someone's empty belly is being filled. Every day, someone's disease is being cured.
Every day, some lonely person is befriended.
While many await the day when everything changes, every day something changes. And maybe that's what the eschaton is: not a moment in human history when everything is set right, but a moment that weaves through human history, setting things right one at a time.
I live in the Chicago area. Once there was no city there; now there is. In the intervening time there was building and tearing down, fires (including a very large one) and building once again. And every day, something, usually thousands or millions of somethings, changed. The creation of the city didn't happen in one event: it happened in millions or billions of events. And every one of those events happened in the last moment of history, a moment that moves forward in time and is now as I write this, and now again as you read this.
If we are waiting for the end of days for things to be put right, then now is the end of days as we know them. Now is the time of transformation. Now is the time to make new.
We are in the last days. We have always been in the last days.
With the Spring come festivals in many religions - in mine, it's the festival of the Resurrection in Easter. May we take this time to commit to making these last days count.