for Sunday, November 15, 2009
Every year in November we celebrate All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day at
the beginning of the month. In the middle of the month, the Sunday
readings turn our attention to the end of the world. We are invited to
reflect on what happens when the world ends.
Do I expect the world to end in my life time? No, I really don't. Could
it end in my life time? For sure. Do I worry about the world ending? Not
at all. Then what is the point of today's readings? The readings invite
us to live in Christ now because the way we live is generally the way that
we shall die. If the world were to end tomorrow, the question is how I am
Jesus tells us in the Gospel that only the Father knows the day and the
hour. Throughout the centuries so many people have predicted so many times
that the world would end on a particular date—and the world continues on.
We need not waste our time trying to figure out the date. Rather we need
to spend our time seeking to be faithful to the teachings of the Lord each
The second readings today, from the Letter to the Hebrews, tells us that
it is Jesus who saves us with the forgiveness of our sins and who invites
us to share in His life. We cannot save ourselves, no matter how strongly
we try to do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, we find
ourselves unfaithful to Him. Only He Himself can give us the inner
transformation to be faithful.
We are coming to the end of the Church year and so we reflect on the end
of the world and on the end of our own life. Leading a Christian life is
not about doing better and better in our daily lives but about loving more
and more and allowing ourselves to be transformed by the love that God
showers upon us.
There is so much to be thankful for in this great mystery of salvation.
It is all God's initiative, even when we are invited to respond. God
continually reaches out to us, over and over in history - in the history of
our world and in our individual history. Now is the time of salvation.
Now is the time when we can respond to Him. Let us go to the house of the
Lord and rejoice in His presence.
Readings of the day:
Reflections are available for the following Sundays: