I mentioned in my last post how I have kind of drifted away from the faith in the last two years. Although I didn’t lose my faith, I just stopped attending Mass, reading scripture, and praying like I should. So for today’s post, I thought I would take a little time to explain what happened.
I guess it started with this whole pandemic nonsense. Now I know it isn’t nonsense but it just depressed the heck out of me. Suddenly I couldn’t go to church, I couldn’t go to adoration, I couldn’t take my wife out to dinner, my freedom was taken away. The one that bothered me the most was not being able to go to Mass, the government closed the churches. So long to the first amendment. I really felt as if we were being denied our constitutional rights. And believe me, there is a part of me that was thinking this was all part of a left-wing conspiracy. I’m over that now. Mostly.
Then I thought that since God is in control, this might just be the beginning of the end. When you look around and see all that is happening in the world, it does follow along with what Jesus told us about the end times. Have they started? Couple this with the fact that I turned 65 in November, meaning I have more years behind me than I do in front of me, well that is enough to depress anyone. The more I thought about it, the more depressed I became. Until I finally sat myself down and began to think about the situation logically.
But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come.The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version; Second Catholic Edition. (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2006), Mk 13:32–33.
That’s when I realized that now, more than ever before, I need to get right with God again. Whether judgment day is coming for all of us, or just for me, I need to get back to doing the right things. I need to go back to Mass. I need to start praying again. I need to start reading scripture and other writings. And I even need to start writing again. These were all the things that helped me get straight before, straight with God that is. And they will again.
We don’t know the day or the hour, but we know one thing for sure, there will be an end. And we need to do whatever we can to make sure we will spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus. As I have said many times, we need to live with the end in mind. If the end comes tomorrow, are you ready?
Three down, thirty-seven to go.