"The end is near!"
One of my favorite cartoons about the end of the world shows the bearded ascetic with his warning sign, which says something like: "The end is not coming. You have to learn to cope with it along with the rest of us!"
Of course, part of the fun of the cartoon is the question of what exactly we have to cope with -- is it the troubles of the world, or primarily just other people?
In this second-to-last Sunday of the church year, our liturgy focuses on the end times. In the first reading, Daniel tells his suffering people that they will be delivered by Michael, the archangel we learned to turn to for help in battle. The reading from Daniel also contains Scripture's earliest clear reference to the promise of eternal life.