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THE LAST DAY OF THE YEAR

Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Scriptural Readings: Revelation 22:1-7; Psalm 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7ab; Luke 21:34-36


My dear encountered couples:

Do you know what day this is? I mean besides Saturday, the 28h of November. This is the last day of the year. Of the Church year, the liturgical year. The next time you come to Mass you will be in a new spiritual year of time.


That almost sounds like a contradiction. A spiritual year of time! When it comes to spiritual there really is no time. The spiritual is something made to live outside of time, to be above and beyond the restrictions of time, to exist forever after time is but a memory. But as long as we are in these bodies, our spirits are bound to live in time, we live in time, and the question will always be, “What are we doing with our time?”


Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. … Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”


Though our souls have already lived many days in time, tomorrow they will have the opportunity to make another start. Tomorrow will be the first day of our lives in a new, spiritual time. Let us pledge to use it well. Not selfishly, but for God.


Jesus Christ is coming soon. Let us get ready to meet him.

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