Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time [Year II]
Revelation 22:1-7 + Luke 21:34-36
“For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth.”
The Responsorial Psalm on this final day of the liturgical year shows us how the Church’s year is cyclical in nature. The psalm’s refrain is a link, tying together this final day of the year to the season of Advent with which the new year begins this evening.
“Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!” We cry for the coming of the Messiah, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be until the end of time. In the beginning, mankind fell from his state of grace. But God in loving solicitude for His fallen creatures promised to send a savior, and so man began his cry for the Messiah to come.
When He did come, His own people received Him not, as St. John the Evangelist proclaims in the prologue to his Gospel account. His own people in fact put Him to death. Yet it was for this that the Messiah had come.
He will come again at the end of time. When He does, each member of the human family will be judged according to three points. Do you believe that Jesus first came to destroy your sins? Do you believe that Jesus will judge you in the end according to your choice to live for or against Him? Do you believe at this moment that your life is His to live, and that you must cede it to Him?