for Sunday, November 18, 2007
The Jews of Jesus' time had the temple in Jerusalem, which was the physical heart of their religion. It symbolized God's presence, and was a powerful sign of their belief.
Next Sunday will be the special feast day of the Kingship of Christ, today's Mass is really the last of our liturgical
year. We begin our new liturgical year, the First Sunday of Advent, on next Sunday week.
Each one of us can put the following simple question to himself this very moment. How would I fare if I were called before the judgment seat of God today? The best of us would certainly prefer to be better prepared. There is so much good I have left undone, so many faults for which I have not atoned properly, so many uncharitable thoughts about my friends and neighbours in my mind, so many acts of charity I kept postponing, so many acts of thanksgiving and praise I have not made to my loving God.
"Today if you hear God's voice harden not your heart" the scripture warns us. Today you have heard him speak to
you. He has reminded you that your end is coming, that you should put your spiritual accounts in order. This is an
act of God's mercy. He does not need you; It is you who need him. Your eternal future will depend on whether you listen to his call today, as tomorrow may be too late. You can put your accounts straight this very day.
Why take a risk with your own eternal welfare?
Readings of the day:
Reflections are available for the following Sundays: