Always be alert and prepared

Dear friends: Today is the second last Sunday of the Church liturgical year. As the church brings its liturgical year to an end, it traditionally presents the knowledge of the end times. This gives us the message that Jesus is the beginning and end of all things, all things exist in and through Him. He is the Alpha and the Omega and He is the source of all things. Today when we look around the world, we see so much suffering, hardship and pain. There is much corruption, terrorism and poverty. The world experiences the hardships of what is generally termed as the climate change. But, here we have a message of hope in the words of Jesus. We visualize the Kingdom of God that offers love, compassion, kindness and mercy, the sign of new hope of the future. Even in the midst of suffering and hardship, the word of God continues to be alive and active, as we wait for the fulfillment of the kingdom of God in Christ, and look forward to a just, loving and peaceful world. In the first reading of today we are presented with a holy person seeing the vision of God. He sees that God’s faithful people will rise to eternal life. In the second reading we are reminded that Christ’s sacrifice has accomplished the forgiveness of all sins. We have been consecrated to His Father and made perfect in God’s sight. Today’s gospel anticipates the dramatic events that will take place at the end times. It speaks of a time of suffering, the sun being darkened, the moon not giving its light, the stars falling from heaven, and the powers of heaven being shaken. It will be a time when heaven and earth will pass away forever.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

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