In the “Word Among Us” there is a reflection for Wednesday, September 12, 2018, that leaves us with the question: “What would you do if you knew Jesus was coming today?”. That question comes from Paul’s concern in 1 Corinthians: “I tell you brothers, the time is running out. For the world in its present form is passing away.” (1 Cor: 29,31) Paul would like all of Jesus’ followers to be ready for the coming of our Lord. He was convinced that Judgement Day was just around the corner.
I decided to pray on that question today. As I sat in my own “Secret Place” I relaxed and started imagining what my reaction would be to the question of Judgement Day. How would I act? What would I do?
I would be very excited, nervous, happy, and somewhat fearful! But I think I would also be singing His praises, I would be dancing and rejoicing while also thanking Him for finally bringing Heaven here on earth! If I had the chance I would go directly to the Passionist Monastery in Jamaica, NY and try to find a priest that I could confess to, but I imagine they would have known the Good News and be out there singing and rejoicing with everyone else! In the case there is no priest or if I have no time to see one, I would just ask for forgiveness and repent for all I’ve done that has not been pleasing to Him. I would renounce Satan, all the evil spirits and their works! I want nothing blocking me from my Lord Jesus, my Savior, my King, my Light!
I would go out in the street and yell out the Good News to every passer-by! I would visit all my friends, if possible, or call them on the phone! But I would also like to sit quietly in prayer and anticipation. So many things to do, but all of them good!
But You know what, my Lord Jesus? I really don’t know how I would react! The thought of You finally coming to get us is really overwhelming!
I want to thank You, my Lord Jesus and Your Holy Spirit, for the beautiful message that I received from You through my readings today and through my prayer. There’s nothing and nobody like You! May I be ready when it really happens in my time on earth or when my time comes . I love You! I adore You! God, the Father, God, the Son, God, the Holy Spirit!
Are you ready? What would you do?
I would like to share a prayer by Fr. Richard Rohr titled “Trinity Prayer” that I find brings me very close to our God . It might help you get ready. Read and ponder!
“God for us, we call you Father.
God alongside us, we call you Jesus.
God within us, we call you Holy Spirit.
You are the eternal mystery that enables, enfolds, and enlivens all things,
Even us and even me.
” Every name falls short of your goodness and greatness.
We can only see who you are in what is.
We ask for such perfect seeing—
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be.
Amen. (So be it.)”