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Is Time Running Out for You?

Fr. Walter Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

November 19, 1998
   
 

 33rd Week of Year   LK 21: 25-33, LK 11:3, JN 15:4-5,  MT 12:30,  1COR: 10-13                          

SAM = St Augustine Monastery,   Nova Scotia, Canada

 

THE CHURCH LITURGICAL YEAR is rapidly drawing to a close.   The Readings direct our thoughts to the Destruction of Jerusalem....and what are called the END TIMES…& the General Judgement of alll mankind at the end of the World…& the various SIGNS that God gives us.....in the Old & New Testamentsthat the End of the World is coming soon!

 

SCRIPTURE WRITERS refer to this period as the END TIMES, although no one knows when!  Our anxiety should not be excessive in this matter.  OUR LORD Himself & the Scriptures DO REMIND us of the coming END of the World……FOR A PURPOSE!

 

PERHAPS WE NEED to be reminded more often….that our Lives are for a limited time.  We are limited, finite.

We only have a certain specific LIFE SPAN…a period given to us to TEST US….&....TRY US….whether we are going to be His Disciples...or whether we will LOSE our Integrity, Faith....& our Soul because of...our Greed,

Dishonesty…or for clinging to anyone of the SEVEN CAPITAL SINS….meaning “CHIEF” or “MAIN.”  Our falling comes from our Spiritual Blindness…& deliberate Refusal to Cooperate with all the Graces God holds out to us each day.

 

NOTE:  THERE ARE 7 CAPITAL SINS:  PRIDE, COVETOUSNESS, GLUTTONY, LUST, ANGER, ENVY & SLOTH.  They are called “CAPITAL” because they are THE MAIN SOURCES of ALL Sins...& these Evil tendencies are found in every human since Adam & Eve!

 

GOD GIVES US our whole Lives TO GROW CLOSER to Him, His Church, & His Grace...& to do so in TRUTH & LOVE.......so that we can be with God for all Eternity.  Remember too...GOD is ALL GOODNESS...& ALL TRUTH...from whom ALL LOVE FLOWS TO us...& GROWS WITHIN us.  THIS IS WHY ST JOHN the Apostle says in...JN:15: 4-5:

“Abide in Me & I in you.”  “I am the Vine...&..You are the Branches.  He who abides in Me...& I in him, he bears much fruit....for without Me you can do nothing.

 

THE SCRIPTURES remind us that our time on this earth is rapidly slipping by...& that it is time for  us to make up our minds....& on which side of the fence we wish to remain...is  coming to a close!  Our Lord did say in MT 12:30....”He who is not with Me...is against Me.”

 

NO ONE SHOULD WANT to be against God!...& yet that is exactly what SIN does to us. Christ doesn’t want this to happen....so this is WHY He weeps over the City of Jerusalem....because He foresaw the destruction of the City...& all those who, in the future, would turn away from Him...because of SIN.   THE DESTRUCTION of the City of Jerusalem was a DEATH BLOW...to the Jews who had rejected Christ. They had missed the time of their VISITATION...because JESUS CHRIST.....their SAVIOR was in their midst!

 

CHRIST SAID IN....LK 11:31...”This generation is an evil generation, because it demands a Sign...& no sign shall be given it...but the Sign of Jonas.”  “The Queen of the South came to hear the Wisdom of Solomon....(speaking of Himself)...& behold you have a greater Solomon here.”

 

WE  CATHOLICS have the Mass, the Holy Eucharist....& ALL SEVEN of the Sacraments....instituted by Christ.

 QUESTION:  Do we make full use of ALL the Sacraments as we should?  Do we receive Penance & Communion......& attend Mass with Devotion, Fervor & Love?   Thank God for the many who do so!  But today many Catholics do not!  They too have walked  away from Christ.

 

WHENEVER we are Persecuted, Tempted or Tried....God’s special helps step in.... to help & guide us...with His Word, Grace & Mercy.  We ask ourselves do we Cooperate with these Graces & special helps properly...or..........do we let this Heavenly Assistance slip past us..... because... we are running away from Christ?

 

WE DO HAVE IN SCRIPTURE Christ’s own words on TEMPTATION: 1COR 10:13 “God is Faithful...& will not let... you be tempted beyond your strength...but with the temptation will also give you a way out...that you may be able to bear it.”

 

THERE AN IS AN OLD LATIN SAYING....”TEMPUS FUGIT, MOMENTO MORE”

 ... WHICH MEANS....TIME FLIES...REMEMBER DEATH”...

 A VERY FITTING THOUGHT...AS OUR LORD REMINDS US OF ALL THESE

THINGS IN TODAY’ SCRIPTURE READINGS.

   
 
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