Reflection November 2020
“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.” – Mt 5:12a
Our saints in heaven, whether canonized by the Church or who simply led a holy life on earth, have come to share the Master’s joy in perpetual feast of love, light and glory. They who were poor in spirit, meek, mournful, peacemaker, hungry & thirsty for righteousness, insulted and persecuted in finite life are fittingly rewarded with eternal life and peace with the King of kings. Gives hope to us children of Light as we currently journey under dark clouds of covid pandemic.
As we near the end of the liturgical year toward Advent, the readings remind us of endings – the end of our own life and the end of the world. Jesus Himself often speaks of the reality of His coming, in a day or hour we do not know.
In between our creation in God’s image and the Final Judgment is a lifetime of service to use our talents as good stewards and return them with an increase to the Lord. Jesus urges us to prepare and be watchful like the five wise and prudent virgins in the Gospel, to arm ourselves with charitable works, for didn’t He say, Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of Mine, you did for Me? Mt 25:40b
At this unusual time, we honour the lives of our dearly departed, without family reunions in cemeteries, but with Jesus’ promise: Come, you who are blessed by My Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Mt 25:34b