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Today's Gospel: Matthew 24:42-51
Today’s Gospel is all about the coming of the Lord at the end of time. Jesus exhorts us to be alert and faithful as we wait for His return. The first Christians believed Jesus would return soon; many continue to think the end of the world is close at hand.
Yet Jesus still has not returned, leaving some to doubt it will ever happen. Others live in fear, anxiety, and on edge, constantly interrupting the decline in morality as a sign that the world will be destroyed at any moment by a vengeful God.
Perhaps any fears we might harbor in our hearts about facing Jesus at the end of the world are because we forget that Jesus still lives in our midst. A few chapters later in Matthew 28, Jesus comforts us with this promise, “I am with you always, till the end of time” (Mt 28:20). We do not have to wait for the end of time to see Jesus because we are invited to live in, with, and through the Holy Spirit right now. The Kingdom of God is already in our midst. While we wait for the Second Coming, we can live in the Mystical Body of Christ.
In the face of fear-mongers, we must remember that nobody knows anything concerning the day or the hour, “neither the angels, or the Son, but only the Father”. All Christians can do is to live in union with Christ every day as we wait for His return.
Am I brave enough to let go of my fears and live in joyful union with Christ as I wait for His return at the end of the world?
Lord, fill me with the Holy Spirit, just as You promised so that as I wait for the Second Coming, I can already live in the Kingdom of God on earth.
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Melanie Jean Juneau
Melanie Jean Juneau is a mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart-warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, the Editor in Chief at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC & author of Echoes of the Divine.