Our lives belong to God. He made us and we are his own. We are the sheep, the flock led by his hand (Ps.95). The author of Wisdom tells us that our lives are imperishable. Ever since the creation of the world, we are meant to be. The image of God sealed within us, through the Holy Spirit, marks us out for God’s ownership over us. In the love of God, we are created for God’s purpose. Death has entered through the world through the disobedience of man who was tempted by the envy of the devil. However, even though death has come upon us it is not the end of the story. We are meant to be for God eternally and the faithful shall abide with him forever. The reading informs us of our life in God, despite the influence that evil has upon us in the world.

Life is a great gift that we must treasure. It is the gift of God given to us, what we do with it is our gift to God. Death is the just reward of our sins and must have its final say. Nevertheless, Jesus has the final word as he beckons us to the Father. Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and his care is with the elect.

As we move towards the end of another year in the season of the Church (32nd week of Ordinary time) the readings are focused on the end times, the time of the end of the world. Death must always be close to our minds as we vigilantly prepare for the time when we shall be gone from this earth. We live as though every day is to be our last. Quite a sober thought really.

Are we living for God or for ourselves? Our life is short here on this earth. The first reading gives us a description of the saints in Heaven. All of us are to be saints. Through their communion with us on earth, they are our hope and prayer. Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed. Now they are in perfect communion with the Father. Their life seen as sacrificial offering to the God has pleased the Father to give them his Kingdom.

 

What is your priority in life?

 

Loving and Creator God, you made me for yourself. My heart is restless until it rests in you. Amen