As we come to the end of the church year (next Sunday, Nov. 22 is the final one), the readings direct us to the end of time (158:Daniel 12:1-3; Hebrews 10:11-14,18; Mark 13:24-32). The Son of Man, Jesus, will come in power and glory. Wise men and women will be ready, but no one knows exactly when that will happen. However, the solution is to be ready always and to live each day as if it were the last day. Then, we will be ready and can look forward to our Lord’s coming with hope and confidence. One of the best ways to prepare ourselves is the regular reception of the Sacrament of Penance. It’s also a good way to prepare for Christmas. I would encourage you to go sooner rather than later as the lines for Penance grow longer as Christmas approaches.
“When our Lord sees pure souls coming eagerly
to visit him in the Blessed Sacrament, he smiles
upon them. They come with that simplicity
which pleases him so much”
~ Thoughts of the Cure D’Ars