Thought for the week

JANUARY 1 used to mean New Year resolutions. Nowadays New Year predictions seem to be the order of the day. Newspaper columnists and other well-known folk attempt, albeit in a light-hearted way, to forecast what the next 12 months will bring.

In America last year a leader of a religious sect took predicting more seriously, forecasting the end of the world in May 2011. When nothing untoward happened, he stated he had made a serious miscalculation on his dates and he should have said October 2011. I don’t suppose we will hear from him again!

Prophesying or making predictions is not a precise science. If it was, bookmakers would go bust.

Jesus Christ made only four predictions. He forecast His own death and resurrection. “Destroy this temple and in three days I will rebuild it.”

He accurately forecast the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD following a Jewish uprising against Rome. He was meticulously correct in describing the horrific details of that siege.

He told St Peter he would deny his Lord and master three times before cock crow next morning. Peter did!

Lastly, he tells of his second coming at the end of the world. St Mark’s Gospel tells of a time of distress. “The abomination of desolation, followed by the darkening of the sun, the moon losing its brightness and stars falling from heaven.”

A prediction to remember.

Mike Van der Weyden

St Norbert’s Roman Catholic Church