Next Sunday is a solemnity called Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (colloquially known as Christ the King). It is the end of the Church’s liturgical calendar and is a time to reflect on the end of our lives on earth and on the second coming of Christ. (The priest in my old parish once called it “a funeral of sorts — our funerals.”)
Today’s scripture readings reflect and foreshadow these events. Daniel 12: 1-3 says:
At that time your people shall escape,
everyone who is found written in the book.
In Mark 13: 24-32, Jesus says:
In those days after the tribulation,
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light…
He will send out the angels
and gather his elect from the four winds…
The priest at Mass this morning talked about how we should get rid of sinful habits in our lives so that we will be prepared to die and face the Lord. He also talked about the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the attacks in 2001 on the Twin Towers in New York.
“Do you think anyone was thinking: ‘I’m prepared to meet my Maker’? Probably no one.”
We all have daily struggles. Sometimes it’s hard to stay positive amid all the stress and hardships of daily life. I know it is for me. However, we must hold to the promise that awaits us. This will get us through the tough times. As the adage goes:
Those who persevere through a storm often find a rainbow.
So, in conclusion: Am I ready to meet my Maker if I should die today?