Life as a Pilgrimage to Heaven

Reading 1 2 Jn 4-9

Responsorial Psalm Ps 119:1, 2, 10, 11, 17, 18

Gospel Lk 17:26-37

Most of us would like to lead lives in a predictable routine. As much as possible we’d like a life where there is little disruption or interference to our usual routine. We try to minimize problems and work hard to avoid new ones. We aim for the stress-free life.

Jesus warns us, however, that the pursuit of comfort and routine can and will blind us to the more important things in life. The stories behind Noah and Lot serve as examples of what happens when we ignore events around us.

We know Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth and died for us. We know He was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven. Yet, even as we know, even as we acknowledge His revelation to us, how much do we truly act out our faith and beliefs in Him?

We need to be reminded not to take Jesus for granted. Perhaps we feel that since we were baptized and hear Mass every Sunday, we have a head start to a place in heaven. Nothing could be further from the truth; we may not realize how far we really are from God.

Today, let us examine our consciences and evaluate where we are as Christians. How much do we listen and reflect on the Word during Mass? How close are we to God? Do we review our relationship with Christ? How often? What signs can we see today, in our family, communities and in the world? How are we responding to these signs?