These words written by the late Henri Nouwen seem right on target for us today:
Many people live with the unconscious or conscious expectation that eventually
things will get better; wars, hunger, poverty, oppression, and exploitation will
vanish; and all people will live in harmony. Their lives and work are motivated
by that expectation. When this does not happen in their lifetimes, they are
often disillusioned and experience themselves as failures.
doesn't support such an optimistic outlook. He foresees not only the
destruction of his beloved city Jerusalem but also a world full of cruelty,
violence, and conflict. For Jesus there is no happy ending in this world. The
challenge of Jesus is not to solve all the world's problems before the end of
time but to remain faithful at any cost.