We are only two weeks away from the end of this year of faith and mercy. We are about to move into the Advent season with its preparation for Christmas. The question Jesus asks at the end of today’s gospel passage puts this end-of-the year journey into perspective: “When the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?”

Jesus’ question during these end-of-the-year weeks invites us to look back as we also look forward. What moments of faith have I experienced during 2016? How does grace come alive in my attitudes and actions? Am I a person of hope? Do I quietly tried to offer perspective in messy situations? To give others the benefit of the doubt? To be generous in my attitudes and relationships? Am I person “for others”?

—The Jesuit prayer team