Eternal Perfection In Christ
Readings: 1st: Dan 12, 1-3; Ps 15; 2nd: Heb 10, 11-14.18; Gos: Mk 3, 24-32
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Dioceses of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
On this thirty third Sunday, we celebrate the final consummation at the end of time. The readings of this Sunday are set in a prophetic tone. In order words, they point to the future deliverance of the people of God though Christ’s redemptive work.
The readings also remind us of the glorious seasons that are ahead of us. Most importantly, this Sunday the holy mother church raises our hope of salvation, by reminding us of our future and eternal perfection through Christ’s single sacrifice.
In our first reading, the Archangel Michael is the divine figure who protects our dignity. He is the great prince who mounts guard over us. There are two points to note here. the first is the important role of Archangel Michael. However, this role must not to be confused with the role of Christ as the saviour. Archangel Michael is simply a faithful Guard.
Second, “all those whose names are found written in the book will be saved.” In other words, they are the ones marked for eternal perfection through the sacrifice and blood of Christ. The good news is that, there is still time to inscribe our names in this book. This is because, Christ our eternal high priest has already made it possible for us to do so.
Our second reading from the letters to the Hebrews continues to highlight the efficacy of the sacrifice of Christ for our salvation. It is a sacrifice which marks all believers with a bold sign of: “forgiven, acquitted, and sealed for salvation.”
As the fulfillment of the old covenant, Christ the high priest of the new covenant has offered this sacrifice once and for all. So, all we need to do is simply to approach the throne of his mercy in order to draw strength from Him. His sacrifice has purified, and saved us.
In today’s gospel, Jesus employed different natural causes in order to remind us of the need to be on the guard for his great coming. The tone of his message moves from the prophecy of the great tribulation, to the prophecy of the coming of the Son of man.
Hence, the central point of Christ’s message is that no one knows when this time or moment would be. This reading equally, reminds us that Christ is a prophet, as well as our saviour. By saying that: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word will not pass away unfulfilled,” Christ wishes to remind us that his coming and our salvation is sure.
Also, by asserting that chaos will precede his coming, is simple to say that nothing will be able to stop what God has destined to happen. Its primary purpose is to set all the tragedies of life, warfare, destruction and persecution in the context of the establishment of God’s kingdom.
However, after all, the time of peace will return to the children of God whose names are written in the book. He invites us to be prepared for the new kingdom that He wishes to establish. So, with confidence in the Lord who is to come, let us joyfully proclaim with the Psalmist: “You are my inheritance, O Lord”
Peace be with you!