Everybody loves new beginnings. Most flag a little in the middle. Endings rarely come easily. This may be because we don't prepare for endings with the same enthusiasm as we prepare for the new.
For Saint Mark, the revelation of Jesus changes, or ends, everything. Mark uses amazing cosmic imagery to help the disciple see this.
When a way of thinking, feeling or acting has held sway for a long time, it can feel part of the fabric of the world. When a new way of thinking, feeling and acting arrives and threatens the 'way things are' it can feel like the whole world is falling apart.
The sun and the moon are snuffed out like candles, the stars fall from the sky. Angels search earth and heaven for the ones who will survive into the hew world. The old arrangements are over. Heaven and earth are passing away, and it is the words of Jesus, words that are
re-writing what it means to be human, that are bringing them down. These words of Jesus are the new reality and they will never pass away.
Radical change has a cost. Many will go down with the world they promoted and within which they prospered. But for those who follow Jesus, the destruction will be favourable. His words hint at the Advent of Summer. The first buds bursting with promise. The new way is in its infancy. It has much growing to do - It's movements experimental and tentative. So it is necessary to work and wait - to be both servant and doorkeeper.
The Lord is at work bringing about a new humanity. He lures us into the same activity, but first we must be awake to what He is doing. Awake enough to notice the tender movements of the Spirit whose presence and voice cannot be predicted. This call to work and to wait without stopping is uncompromising. It is for everyone. It is for all places and all times. The Lord is arriving in every moment and when those who are watching see Him they become workers for His Kingdom not their own.