Reflections - November 18, 2018

“But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels inheaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Mk 13:32.

The Church presents us this week a Gospel with apocalyptic language almost at the end of the liturgical year: “The Great Tribulation – the whole universe will be moved….”.

Whenever I hear this text I think about the brothers and sisters from other denominations that take these words literally with calamities that occur in our world to corroborate the end of time without giving hope, but the interpretation of our Holy Mother Church is different. We believe in the Christ of hope who invites us

to live alertly the time that God has given us.

I remember visiting an elderly teacher a few years ago that would say: “How fast my time has gone”. Of course that lady was almost hundred years old. But the lady would also say: “The best years are yet to come when I meet the Lord who gave me life and promises me many more than one hundred years – eternal life!” This is well expressed in the First Reading from the book of the Prophet Daniel: “The wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.” Dan 12:3.

Let us learn to live responsibly and with hope in the future the years the Lord gives us. Pessimism and negativity are not in God’s plan. Our fidelity to the plan of God manifested in Christ Jesus will have its reward as Paul says: “The sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us”. Rom. 8:18.

Let us come to the Sunday Eucharist trusting in Christ that guarantees us the future. We are in His hands which is why we say in the Psalm: “Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices; my body also dwells secure, for you will not abandon me to Sheol, nor let your faithful servant see the pit.” Ps 16:9-10.

I would like to remind you that this Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. I leave you here with part of a proclamation of thanksgiving from our first president George Washington: “Our duty as people with reverent devotion and gratitude is to recognize our obligation to the almighty God and to implore Him to continue to prosper and confirm the many blessings that we receive from Him”. Amen