Every year, as the Church year nears its conclusion, the readings speak about the END. There has always been a fascination about the world’s end and the final coming of Christ. Next week when we celebrate the solemnity of Christ the King, we reflect on the final coming of Christ as King. In today’s Gospel Jesus speaks about the signs of the end of the world. Yet, beyond all the signs, Jesus reminds us that “by perseverance, you will secure your lives.”
Over the past several years I’ve participated in many endurance events, including 14 Ironman distance triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run). A great amount of discipline is needed to train for such events and a great deal of resolve is needed to continue moving forward and persevere when the body and mind want to give up.
The spiritual journey is no different. In order to persevere and “secure your lives” you need a great amount of discipline while training, this will give you the strength and resolve needed when the going gets tough.
We all know that “the going gets tough” now and again. Don’t wait until then to grow in the spiritual life and build the necessary strength. Don’t wait until the end times to change your relationship with God and start to live for Jesus. As we journey on our pathway to discipleship, we are called to give our lives entirely over to Jesus. Now is the time to give our lives over, to develop in faith, to grow in spiritual strength and abound in God’s love. Do it now, then THE END will be glorious. Peace.