Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The central theme of today’s readings is “The Day of the Lord” or the “Second Coming” of Jesus in glory, as Judge, at the end of the world. It warns us about the final days, our own death and the final judgment. Today’s Gospel passage clarifies that the date of the end of the world is uncertain. Signs and portents will precede the end, and the Christians will be called upon to testify before kings and governors. The Good News is that those who persevere in faithfulness to the Lord will save their souls and enter God’s eternal kingdom. Christ’s Second Coming is something to celebrate because he is going to present all creation to his Heavenly Father. That is why we say at Mass, “We proclaim Your death, O Lord, and profess Your Resurrection, until You come again.” Since Luke’s community had experienced much persecution, today’s Gospel gives us a cheering reminder: don’t give up because God is always with us. Our destination is Heaven.
But I believe there is division in us that may stop us from achieving our destination. The division is our separation from God. And I believe hell is our separation from God. We may experience in our life that God is separated from us. Separation from God is the most devastating. Hell is the infinite separation of us from God. We have to fight against it. I have met few young adults in their 20s. They came up with a program called “the Break”. Break the division and separation in our own self and to God. Break down the separation and division in our spiritual life. Unite us to God. So who can help us to do this?
Remember Albert Einstein’s words after the Second World War: “As a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but no, the universities were immediately silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers, whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities were silenced in a few short weeks. Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration for it, because the Church alone has had the courage to stand for intellectual truth, and moral freedom. I am forced to confess that what I once despised, now I praise unreservedly.” The Church had the moral courage to resist a dictator, and it saved the lives of so many Jews because it believed in the assurance given by Jesus in today’s Gospel.
Before dooms day hits us unexpectedly let us get prepared. We must be prepared daily for our death and private judgment. We make this preparation by trying to do God’s will every day, leading holy lives of selfless love, mercy, compassion and unconditional forgiveness. In order to do this, we must recharge our spiritual batteries every day by getting close to our Church, by personal prayer and listening to God, by reading the Bible. Daily examination of our conscience at bedtime, asking God’s pardon and forgiveness for the sins of the day, will also prepare us to face God any time and give an account of our lives. The clock is ticking away. Each moment is important. Let us make sure everything that separates us from God is eradicated and cast out. If not, the separation can be forever in eternity.
God Bless You,