Homily for Thursday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
Where are we going? What is our final destination?
In our spiritual lives, it’s always good for us to take a pause and reflect on where we are headed, to look within us and to evaluate how we are living as disciples of Jesus. It’s important for us to examine how we are following the commands of the Lord and incorporating them into our daily lives.
As Christians, we are all expected to have hearts full of faith and to do whatever we can in order to proclaim the truth of God and to bring ourselves and others to a recognition of the glory of God through our daily living, in our words, our actions, and our deeds. If we aren’t, why not? And are we working to change that reality?
None of us knows when the Lord will call us back to Himself or when He will return. Because of that, we have the responsibility of remaining vigilant. We must be ready for that to happen at any moment of our lives. The temptation is to fall into the trap of complacency and sloth, or lukewarmness in faith and mediocracy. If that happens and the Lord returns unexpectedly, the consequences of our actions might be something that don’t find too pleasing.
Heaven and hell are realities that are possible for all of us. We all hope that we will enjoy eternity with God in His Kingdom. If we stay focused on following Jesus, if we remain watchful for His return and do what we need to His disciples, then, in the end, the reward for us will be great. But if we fail to follow the Lord and aren’t watchful for His return, spending eternity in Hell is a very real possibility for us. That’s what’s at stake. And Jesus is very clear about that in our Gospel.
This morning I ask us that question again: Where are we going? Today, let’s recommit ourselves to being vigilant, watching and waiting for the Lord’s return. Let’s recommit ourselves to being His disciples and following where He leads.