Wait a minute! What’s all this talk in Luke’s Gospel (Lk. 21:25-28, 34-36) about signs in the heavens, the moon, sun and stars, people frightened to death, and nations being perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the crashing of waves?
Are we preparing for Christmas? Well, yeah ------ and no.
We will celebrate Christmas when it comes again, but we also awaiting Christ’s coming in glory, a second coming which inaugurates God’s Kingdom.
That is what we pray for in the Our Father every time we say “thy Kingdom come”. We are praying for the end of the world as we know it. Think about that for a moment.
I recently read an excerpt from a homily written by St. Cyprian who asked in essence: “Do we really want that to happen?” Or is the world so attractive that we prefer it to Christ’s kingdom? Cyprian goes on to say that soldiers serving in a foreign land can’t wait to return home. Now, our home is in heaven. That’s our goal and for what we have been created. Do we really want to go home? Or do we enjoy a foreign land so much we would rather remain there?
This Sunday begins the new liturgical year. Like any new year, it is a time to take stock of where we are on life’s journey and make any adjustments to keep moving forward with renewed hope.
A question: How often have we reflected on God’s merciful presence in our lives?
An adjustment: As we approach the Year of Mercy, let us resolve to be aware of God’s merciful presence, not take it for granted, and be always vigilant, that is, always alert to it.
Happy New Year!