Today is the last day of the liturgical year. There’s an ominous foreboding in the cultural afflictions surrounding us;
and they are many.
But the externals of the world don’t concern me near as much as the interior of my own heart. The ominous note in the Mass readings provoke us to remember that indeed
– the end is coming.
And in the end I will answer only for what I did about my own condition which will include what I did to help the condition of my fellow man.
I have a lot of ‘conversion’ left to go as I make room for the Savior to come anew into my heart this Holy Season.
There are some things I need to say good-bye to if I ever hope to live knowing ‘nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified’:
If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life?
For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done.
I’ve had some hurts this year that will require me to say good-bye to enmity and unforgiveness …I’ll need to bid them farewell along with resentments, suspicions … and oh that dreaded enemy I’ve battled my whole life—fear.
Goodbye old hurts I need to make room for my
Help me Lord, to prepare for Your coming as I pick up my cross
and follow where You lead.
Goodbye old enemies..you will not rob me of the healing love of Emmanuel
who has taken captive my heart.
Goodbye fear and forboding…I’m making room for the infant Jesus
because one day soon…
The end is coming.