Sunday 17 November 2013

End time readings: Homily, 33 Sunday C

In the last week we have been already hearing about the Day of the Lord and the coming of the Kingdom. Jesus tends to be mysterious and baffling. If someone says, here it is, there is it, do not pay attention: the kingdom of God is within you. And again: two women will be grinding corn, one will be taken, one will be left. And the disciples ask: Where, Lord? And he answers: where the body is, there the vultures gather.

The Day of the Lord is about the end, about our End. And what is our End? We used to learn in the old catechism, in the very first question: why did God make me? and the answer was memorable: to know him, to love him, to serve him, and to be happy with him forever. The End, our End, is God.

Our End is God revealed in Jesus. "Show us the Father and we will be satisfied," says Philip. And Jesus: "Philip, I have been with you so long, and still you ask? He who has seen me has seen the Father." And: Where I am going you cannot come yet. Once again Philip: where are you going? And Jesus: "I am the Way, the Truth, the Life."

Heaven is not a time. Heaven is not a place. The end of the world does not matter, because the End is now. "If anyone loves me and keeps my commandments, my Father and I will come and dwell in him." We taste little bits of heaven already in this life. And in the Eucharist we celebrate Jesus who has come, who will come, and who comes every day.

The End is Jesus. We pray that we might follow him and enjoy him with undivided heart.


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