Saturday, November 27, 2010
Standing Before The Son Of Man
The Liturgical Year comes to a close today and so the Gospel reading for Mass is from the end of the Book of Revelation. In it we hear Jesus tell us to be vigilant for the day of His return. He tells us that that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. I must admit, those are chilling words! They also got me to thinking about would I rather be one who is still living on this earth when that day comes, or would I rather be already called from this world. I think that as long as my soul is in the condition Our Lord would have it, it really won't matter where I am on that day.
We are all going to stand before Our Lord sooner or later~ either at the end of time or at a time He sees fit to call us, and we are all going to have to give an account of our lives. Sometimes I envision that moment with my telling Him: "I got nothing, Lord; please have mercy!" I will take Jesus' advice though, and pray for the grace and strength to escape the imminent tribulations.
On this Liturgical New Year's Eve, I look forward to these coming weeks of Advent when we prepare to meet Christ when He comes again, and at Christmas.
Happy New Year!
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.