(Ezekiel 34: 11-12, 15-17 1 Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28 Matthew 25: 31-46)
Jesus Christ came to our rescue, redeeming us from eternal damnation due our fallen nature. In him we have new light and life leading us to an everlasting bliss. This pilgrimage of ours in this valley of tears, uncertainties, and chaos clearly and strongly suggests the need for us to have an aim towards a better life which offers us certainty and perfection that wipe away every tear in paradise. Jesus has given us the answer: to be religious by leaning on God and his graces to have a successful pilgrimage from earth to the glory of God. But our destinies are in our very own hands by the way we choose or avoid the Good Shepherd and the King of the universe, Jesus Christ.
Each one of us has been given special favors or graces to help bring the light and life of Christ to the world and to our individual selves, as we strive each moment to evangelize and catechize the present and the future generations about the truth of the essence of Christ’s redemption until Christ comes again in his glory. This effort and mandate of ours will be crucial when we give the final account of our earthly stewardship before the tribunal of God.
Whether we believe it or not, the certainty of the end time is real as we experience it every day in our lives through the constant loss of friends and family members. The problem of death is always a wake-up call for us to reaffirm our hopes in the promise of Christ more than just plainly relying on our weak thoughts and strengths. We ought to ‘seek first the kingdom of God and all its righteousness’ by totally trusting in and relying on God. Surely, ‘it is truly right and just, our duty and salvation, always and everywhere to give thanks to God who is Lord, Holy Father, creator of the world and source of all life’, as the various Prefaces of the Eucharistic Prayers reaffirm each day during the Eucharistic Celebrations all over the world.