CBS – Apocalyptic Christianity: Mark 13, Luke 21, Matthew 24-25

Recorded May 15th 2012

When Catholics think about Apocalyptic literature they probably think first of all about the Book of Revelation, but there are apocalyptic texts elsewhere in the New Testament.   We have seen examples in Paul’s writings (e.g. 1 Thessalonians) but they are also found in the Synoptic Gospels, in passages we will study today. Preaching of this kind is often overlooked in our tradition, though we hear these texts every year around the Feast of Christ the King and Advent.

Apocalyptic literature was popular around 200 BC to 100 AD. It arose at a time when people felt hopeless and turned to God in some desperation,  often at a time of persecution; for example, when the Jewish people were suffering persecution by the Greeks, they produced the Book of Daniel, and when the Christians were persecuted by the Romans they produced the New Testament apocalyptic literature.

Apocalyptic sees a time of great drama and destruction, most eminently the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.  However, it is not wanton destruction, but God’s judgement, vindicating the faithful and destroying their enemies.

CBS – Apocalyptic

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