Weekend Reflection – for you. Aidan Troy, C.P. - just my view!
Armistice Centenary was marked last Sunday in Paris and throughout the world. We know that also because of the difficulty of accessing St Joseph’s Church last Sunday! The joy was the end of the World War 1 being remembered and celebrated and prayer offered that we will learn the lessons of history.
“And now I face the final curtain”, sings Frank Sinatra. The “final whistle” of a football match can bring joy to the victors and dejection to the vanquished. At the end of the railways line, the train hits the buffers. It is the end of the line.
No, I am not depressed and feeling sorry for myself. It is the final Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year with just the Feast of Christ the King separates us from the First Sunday of Advent. Then the Mystery of Christ will be celebrated.
Only God knows when, but there will come a date when there will be no future on this earth. The Second Coming of Christ will be the final victory of God over sin and death won over 2,000 years ago by Jesus. Jesus will claim the Universe and hand the whole of creation back to His Father. In simple language, the world will one day end and then eternity will open before us. Many have tried predicting the exact day and time for the world to end – always without success. God alone knows.
Not only do we not know when this will happen, but neither do we know what Eternity will be like. We are told that some will wake up to joy and delight and others to sadness and a sense of loss. God will not decide which of these will be my experience. That is for me to create by the way I live on earth.
As the fig tree when its twigs become supple and its leaves come out, we know that Summer is near. So, when we see times of distress, the sun darkened, the moon losing its brightness, we need not be unduly upset. These are reminders to us of how little control we have over the destiny of our world. This is God’s gift to us. We never possess it as if we were owners. All remain with God and one day He will come back to claim us.
There are also signs of God’s Kingdom that is beginning to be built on earth. Wherever the poor are respected and helped, the hungry fed and the naked clothed we see a trace of the Kingdom.
When all else passes away, Jesus tells us, “my words will not pass away.” God’s Covenant with us, he will never take back. The Archangel Michael is our protector. God holds us in the palm of His hands and has our names engraved on them. He could never forget us or cease caring for us. He waits for us more eagerly than we wait for Him.
When the curtain comes down or the final whistle blows, don’t over-worry what awaits you. It is natural to be concerned about the unknown. Even on earth, I get nervous when meeting new people or beginning a job I have never done before. These are natural. But at the end, we are going home to our best friend. He knows us ‘inside/out’.
His stamp is on us and we are utterly precious in His eyes and totally loved. He wants to save us even more than we may wish to be saved. From all eternity, He has seen the final meeting with us. He has arms as wide as the universe and a heart that has only love – for you and for all people. In the words of the Psalm: Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.