Dear Parish Family:
In the ancient Church, there was a minister whose job it was to stand outside during Mass and watch the skies. That way, should Jesus happen to return while the Mass was being celebrated inside, that minister could go and alert the folks at Mass that the Lord had returned. No doubt our ancestors in faith had in mind the words that we hear from Mark’s Gospel today, “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.’”
We don’t know when Our Lord will return, but we know very well that He will return. Christ’s words are directed toward us as certainly as they were directed toward the first Christians, and so we, too, must be watchful and alert in our own way: through a life of prayer and through frequent participation in the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation.
A question that I frequently ask myself is this: “If Jesus came here right now and found me doing what I am doing, would it meet with His approval?”
The answer to this question should always be “Yes.” To live otherwise is to put our souls in jeopardy.