Monday, March 11, 2019

His Word Today: Look ahead

Good morning everyone,

At the beginning of Lent, the prophet Joel called us to return to the Lord (Joel 2:13).  Yesterday, we were reminded of the temptations that Jesus faced after having spent forty days in the desert (Lk 4:1-13) and as we know only too well, the devil continues to tempt us to find other answers to our quest, even though the only answer that will truly quench our thirst is to return to the Lord.

Some of us have been on this journey, longing to return to the Lord for quite some time now, yet we constantly seem to find excuses, reasons to delay our return.  Today, Jesus reminds us that we don't have an infinite amount of time to delay our return.  When the Son of Man comes in his glory ... all nations will assemble ... and he will separate them one from another (Mt 25:31-32).  The time is coming, even though we do not know exactly when.

Lent can also be a time for us to hear the Lord's words once again: Come, you who are blessed by my Father (Mt 25:34), yet we should never forget that there is a flip side to these words too.  If we choose to ignore the needs of others, constantly believing that we can live life in a hedonistic way, we will be surprised to hear the Master's voice when he comes.  It's not too late for us to recognize our great fortune.  We are blessed by the Father, so let us rejoice.

Have a great day.

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