A woman missed her connecting flight from New York to London due to a traffic jam. She was very upset because she was missing an important business meeting, but was able to catch the next flight out. It was only when she arrived in London that she learned that the plane she should have been on, had crashed in the Atlantic and there were no survivors.
None of those people knew when they woke up that morning that it was their last day here on earth. How many of them were prepared to enter into eternity? If I were to die today, would I be ready to go? This is the question that Jesus asks us to reflect upon this weekend.
It you asked ten Catholics what their top three goals in life are, No doubt, a number of them would probably answer, “financial security” or “family happiness” or “to staying healthy” as their top choices. And while these are certainly good goals, as a Christian, our top goal in life should be going to heaven! Unfortunately, a number of people no longer believe either in Hell or Heaven. Others assume that everyone goes to heaven eventually, regardless of how they lived their life.
Jesus clearly states that this will not be so. The servant who was vigilant and ready, waiting for their Master’s return, by being close to Christ through prayer and through their way of life will enter Heaven. He makes it clear in His parables, His Sermon on the Mount, His reflections on the Ten Commandments, and in His famous statement concerning the two greatest Commandments of loving God and loving one’s neighbor. Along with the teachings of the Church, these are solid guideposts as to what is needed for entering the Kingdom of Heaven.
Many Catholics have stopped attending Weekend Mass and no longer receive any of the Sacraments and some have even given up on praying altogether. What kind of disciple am I at this moment? What kind of disciple am I striving to become? In the second reading, we read that the Saints, “all died in faith . . . acknowledging themselves to be strangers and aliens on earth . . . desiring a better homeland, a heavenly one.” May we, who are waiting for our Master’s return, also “desire a better homeland, a heavenly one”.