Last Sunday the priests’ vestments were green, today they are purple. The new liturgical year has begun. The Birth of Jesus is imminent, but before He is accepted into our hearts and souls, we must change. We must strive to leave sin behind and focus on Jesus, who is all Holy! Blessed Be His Name!
The readings for today focus on both the beginning and the end. Love is the theme. God reiterates His Promise of Salvation when He will raise up a “Just shoot.” All th be that the prophets have proclaimed will be fulfilled in the birth of Jesus. The Psalmist asks that the Lord teach us His Ways, then He praises and thanks God.
Paul asks that the Lord make us increase and abound in Love for each other. This is what is to be fulfilled, that which has been promised to the ancients. All is about Love.
Jesus tells us, though, of other things to come. He speaks of the end of time. He talks about the the frightening things that will mark the ages. He reminds us “not to let our hearts become drowsy.” He wants to remind us that time might be ending in our days, but it might not. “Only the Father knows.” There are many people who believe and thrive in the thought that our time is the end of days. I don’t know. Jesus doesn’t know. One day, though, we will all die. When? I don’t know that either. Only God knows, and, most of the time, he’s not telling. That’s why Jesus reminds us to:
“Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Luke 21: 34-36
We’ve been warmed out of love. If you read the book of Luke, you will find in it the beginning of Jesus’ life and the end of our days. This is not an accident. We were born to die. In the time in between, we were born to learn and follow God’s Laws and His Will. We are all so much happier when we do. If we lived in love, acted in love, and submitted to the Will of God, as difficult as it might be, then, the world would be a better place. Isis might now exist because the men who fight in this group would be victims of love instead of victimes of hate and suppression. In love we are free. In hate we are not.
God is good.