"But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it" (Matthew 13:16-17).
Last night as I was with Our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration, I was thinking about the above scripture.
For thousands of years, the people of God earnestly awaited for the coming of the Messiah to follow him.
Finally, in time and space, the Messiah did come and he gave us great signs and wonders. What a great time to be alive in the history of mankind.
We are living in the springtime of evangelization bringing the word of God to the nations. People today who live in bondage welcome what they see of Christ in us, and listen to Jesus Word as they hear us today.
Jesus said , "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father" (John 14:12).
I am so thankful for my Catholic Faith that the Lord Jesus Christ calls me to serve him by virtue of my Baptism and Confirmation.
To serve our Lord during this time of the final countdown reaching many people who are open to God's presence that we can see and His Word that we can hear.
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord", so that the captives can see who are blind, so that the deaf can hear his voice.
At a time when people are calling for a false rapture, the truth of God continues to march on until the Day of the Lord when He does return.
The Parousia will come but until that time, we continue to do God's will fighting for the salvation of the lost.
The Catholic Faith was built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.
Today we are the Church. Be encouraged no matter how bad things might seem because our God is too big to fail.
St. Paul writes,"Concerning times and seasons, brothers, you have no need for anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. When people are saying, 'Peace and security,' then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape" (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3).
There is no escape except through the Catholic Faith. If we are vigilant through all our tribulations the thief will not catch us sleeping.
To be blessed today, we need to keep our eyes open and our ears listening for the voice of the Lord. Do not detour from the Lord's straight and narrow path that lights our way.
Jesus still speaks through the "Bark Of Peter"! The Catholic Faith is the one true Faith commissioned by Christ and sent by Christ to go to the Nations.
There are no good rabbit trails that will lead you home. When the news reports about preachers calling for a "Rapture" on this day or that hour, just remember that such false prophets will come.
Be encouraged because Jesus said that his people know his voice. It is his voice we follow by being faithful to his Church.
If you know anyone who has left the Catholic Faith, invite them back. Pray them back, stand strong for love of God and love for the Church.
Work out each day with the desire to serve Our Lord. There are many Prodigals out there to be found under just about any rock you can imagine. Work towards bringing them home to the true Rock of Christ!