For centuries, before people agreed on seeing each year beginning on January First, Christians saw it first as beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. (What we called the First Sunday of Advent.) Along with that, they saw the world coming to an end in the final Sundays leading up to Advent.
Next Sunday, the last Sunday of the year, we will witness the beginning of eternal glory with Christ the King presenting up with a heavenly Jerusalem.
But in our long, Sunday-by-Sunday, history of the world, before next Sunday’s view of the beginning of eternity, today we must venture into the unknown, trying to form a picture of what the end might be like.
The only thing we can know about when this word will end is what jesusm says at the end of out Gospel: “But as to the day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels n heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”