What I take away from today's Mass readings is that we need to have a Holy Fear. After all, fear of the Lord is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. However, this is not a fear of irrational anticipation of God's wrath and judgement, but rather a fear in which we acknowledge who God is and who we are not. It is to be in awe of God.
If we have that kind of holy fear, we can see the hope and promise God gives us in today's readings, without it, we might just see the doom and gloom.
Jesus tells us in the Gospel that the wars, famines etc. all must happen. If we look around us, we see they are happening. Jesus may come again today, tomorrow, or in a year not of our lifetime, but He will come~ at the end of time and for us individually at our death. Holy fear allows us to be ready for Him.
There are many who still do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah. The day is coming when every knee will bend, and every tongue confess to the glory of God the Father that Jesus Christ is Lord. (see Philippians 2:10~11)
*Musical artist is John Michael Talbot