Sunday inaugurates Advent, the beginning of the Church’s year. This week as the end of the Church Year features readings about the end of time. Endings followed by beginnings. At the end, according to the Bible there will be troubles and woes. Jesus concludes the list of catastrophes: they will put some of you to death … but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. How does that work! The Bible wants us to look at things from a divine perspective. For example, St. Thomas More wrote to his daughter from the Tower of London: “Among all the great benefits the king has heaped so abundantly upon me I count my imprisonment the very greatest.” In God, everything can be a blessing.