>Today is the last day of the liturgical year. To end the year, the First Reading shows us what the end will look like. After the chaos comes the defeat of Death, then the reign of God begins. There are two things that give life: the river of the water of life and the tree of life on both sides of the river. This is God’s plan for everyone: to live with him for eternity those who are victorious can see his face and his name will be in their foreheads. The Reading ends with a promise: See, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.
The Gospel reading today confirms this with Jesus giving a command to his disciples: Be on guard so that:
- Your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness.
- the worries of this life,
- and that day catch you unexpectedly.
The chaos in our lives that cause us to worry disturb us and this is normal. But these should not be the main attention of our lives. We are to be alert at all times. Praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.
In the midst of this pandemic, or even in the chaos of our lives, we must remember, it is God’s will for us to live forever with him. He has a plan for us and he is in control. We trust him, and ask him to enter our lives so he can lead us through all the difficulties in life. We pray to have strength to escape, to get through all these so we can stand before him and see him face to face.
Everything will end. Our life will end. The laughter and tears will end. Our possessions will be gone. Our health will fade away. Only One remains: Jesus Christ, who will come very soon. The Psalm tells us: let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise. We thank God for whatever situation we have. We trust him because the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods. Let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture. God is present and he waits for us to invite him into our life. O that today you would listen to his voice, harden not your hearts.
Lord, as this year ends, I thank you for everything that has happened, even if I am in a difficult situation. You are still my God who made heaven and earth. In the coming year, teach me to trust you. Teach my heart to remain steadfast to you. Lead me to your pasture. Let me see you face to face.