"As we reflect on history and on the world today, we recognize that there are things that remain amiss, that are not set right. Historically, whenever there is war, then peace, there is war again. Nothing is ever perfect. Nothing is ever entirely resolved. But the gospel says this: that Jesus shall come again in glory and he shall judge... And his kingdom, the kingdom he establishes, will have no end. The great gospel of the end is that what is wrong will be made right, and will be made right eternally. The doctrine of the end time is the promise and the good news that there is an eternal limit on injustice, sin, and everything that is broken in the world—that is the great news of Jesus coming again in glory."
Now is the time of the church year during which our lectionary Bible readings seem to focus on "the end." While the idea of the end may cause us some anxiety, Bishop Alex assures us that it is indeed good news—that this season is not just a warning, but a gift.