Remember the “Jesus is coming on May 21st” billboards that dotted the highways some years ago? Today’s Gospel is not about “knowing” when Christ will come... but rather about being ready when Christ does come! Am I ready?
At the center of the readings this weekend is a message of total reliance upon the mercy and love of God. It is about keeping our hearts and minds open to God’s presence in our daily lives and in the world around us! As I said last week...God’s love for us as individuals is both lavish and passionate, it knows no bounds and it is the very reason for the incarnation of our God in Jesus Christ.
Jesus was the manifestation of God’s magnanimous love for us and through Him, God’s love and forgiveness was, and continues to be, freely poured forth upon each of us and indeed upon the entire world.
The psalmist reminds us that God is our portion and cup, our inherence and therefore our hearts are glad and our souls rejoice...for we are God’s beloved!
By keeping God at the center of our daily lives we indeed will be ready if the world were to end in our times. Because of the love and mercy of our God we need not fear “the end” for we will be transformed into beings that shine like the stars in the heavens!
Through Christ we have inherited eternal life and each of us is a part of “the great cloud of witnesses” who gives glory to God.
When and where do I most feel the presence of God in my life? How do I actively engage in keeping God at the center of my life? How do I give glory to God in my life?