As we approach the end of the church year we begin a series of gospels on the end times and death. Today Jesus appears to be talking about the end of the world but perhaps we should take this reading to be about the end of our life rather than the world.
The important point is that Jesus speaks of people doing business and carrying on as usual right up to the very end. When do we begin to prepare for death? Do we wait to the last minute and face death in a state of panic or do we recognize our frailty and humanity and reflect on what death means for us?
We all know we are going to die but most of us live as though it were always going to happen to someone else.