Pondering for Sunday, May 8, 2022

Eucharistic Readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter: Year C

Acts 9:36 to 43; Psalm 23;  Revelation 7:9 to 17;  John 10:22 to 30:

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand..”  (John 10:27)

Jesus promises us eternal life because he knows those of us who follow his voice.  This is fascinating! But this is what our Christian faith is all about.  Our passport to eternal life is through Jesus Christ.  At more funerals than I can count I hear the words “he or she is in a better place now.”  We all at one point or another ponder about the “here-after.”  I have seen movies where the next life was still one of seeing and breathing and enjoying foods but seem to be in another dimension or at least another planet very similar to our earth. I ponder about the resurrection and what eternal life will be like.

In military basic training we had a very small person who served as the platoon office clerk.  This person was not physically intimidating and a very slow runner.  But this little duty clerk was the holder of the keys to our barracks.  So even though we finished our morning run early, we could not get into the barracks for showers and rest until the clerk finally got back with us.  Jesus did not appear in a way that was thought of as proper to the chief priest and the elders.  But what they did not believe is that he has the key to eternal life. Do you believe he has it?

The God in whom I trust will not let the faithful stay dead. We will see them when we transition to that next life, that eternal life. There will be people there we formally called Ukrainians. There will be no language barriers or spiritual ignorance. We will all know the Lord.  Ukrainian men, women and children, even babies have been killed by evil aggression. But they are not snatched away from the hand of the Lord. Thank You Jesus.

Eternal life that cannot be taken away is what we should seek.  All else is rubbish and temporal. In the next life we will meet those who will ask us about the experience of the people of Ukraine. We need to do those things now, in this life, that will make us glad to answer such questions.  We need to respond to their horror in ways that really help, comfort and protect them. Many believe that if we turn away from their troubles, the next troubles will be ours. We are God’s tools for fixing troubles. Our Lord Jesus is God’s Way of bringing us to God, and there to be throughout all eternity. What thoughts from this life do you want to be with you throughout all eternity?

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers everywhere today.

As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John

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