Jesus has been telling his disciples some pretty bad news. In the passages prior to this he has been speaking of the end of time with its disasters, earthquakes, persecutions, betrayals and death. Finally Jesus challenges his disciples and us with a new perspective, “my words will not pass away.” How can everything we’ve ever seen, known or heard of be gone while “words” live on? I think the answer lies at the introduction to John’s gospel. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

I so often forget how painfully human I am. I want my perspective to be reality. But Jesus reminds us again that God is the only reality. Our self-reliance is an illusion. Every moment, every breath is a gift from God.

—Mr. Gerald Skoch, JD, serves as Vice-President and Chief Mission Officer at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH.