Jesus Christ teaches us this Sunday that we do not need to know when the Last Day will come, but to be ready (Mark 13:24-32). Our Lord spoke these words at the very end of His earthly life, a few days before His crucifixion. He instructed us that with His death and Resurrection the Old Covenant concludes and the New Covenant begins. This is the last period of salvation history, the age of the Church on earth, as God’s saving grace gradually spreads throughout the world, and the powers of evil desperately and unsuccessfully battle against it. And at the end of the age of the Church, Jesus Christ will return to bring all human history to its culmination. Exactly when that will happen is a great mystery, for no one but God the Father knows. Jesus is making sure that His Apostles understand that it will occur, and He wants them to be ready at all times. So He concludes by saying: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come” (Mark 13:33). We don’t know, because we don’t need to know. God assures us that history has a purpose, and that it will come to an end, and that we should always keep this in mind. It is enough for us to know that we are part of His plan and that there will be a definitive end in which the whole order of creation will be transformed. At that time, we will receive just recompense for how we lived our life (Matthew 25). It’s that simple and it’s that momentous.
We can be ready for the Last Day by heeding Psalm 16: “I set the Lord ever before me; with Him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.” We “set the Lord ever before us” by actively living the Faith in word and deed, telling the truth with love, praying every day with all the saints and angels, reading Holy Scripture, and frequenting the Sacraments, especially Confession and Holy Communion (the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life) – all of which gives us greater interior joy, love, peace and courage. In every Mass, the One Sacrifice of Christ is made present (His Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven), and Jesus gives us Himself in Holy Communion – He nourishes our life with His real, substantial Presence, forgiving our sins, healing our spiritual wounds, and strengthening our good desires and intentions. After Mass, we keep the Hosts in the church’s Tabernacle, where Jesus awaits us, patiently, humbly, quietly, thinking of us all the time. We can visit Him there throughout the day, for minutes or for hours, sharing our joys and sorrows, asking for His help, praying and meditating, letting His grace penetrate our minds and hearts. Frequent Holy Communion and visits to the Eucharist keep our lives headed in the right direction – in Jesus Christ’s direction. And when we do that, we will be ready at every moment for the Last Day.
With peace and prayers in Christ,