Keeping The Ultimate Goal In Mind

– Memorial of St Therese of the Child Jesus –

“Rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”  [Luke 10:20]

In today’s reading, the disciples feeling very excited and jubilant with their ministry efforts, which seem impressive by anyone’s standards, are pulled up short by Jesus after returning from their mission. Jesus promised that they would see and do even greater things in their lives, but that they were not too lose sight of the ultimate goal, spending eternity dwelling in God’s loving presence.

St. Therese of Lisieux reminds us that “The world’s thy ship and not thy home.” She saw heaven as her true home and her earthly life as her way to get there. Her sights were not on this world but the next.  She reminds us that this life is fleeting and short compared to eternity.  She reminds us that the true purpose of our life is to be united with God forever.

Do we really believe that our names are written in heaven by virtue of our baptism and our desire to follow Christ? Too easily, I am immersed in the business of living, whether it be family, work, study or personal interests and lose sight that this life is my pathway to a greater reality. We are called to be saints, shining lights and powerful witnesses that demonstrate this promise by the way we live our lives.

Jesus, may we rejoice and believe wholeheartedly that you want each of us to share the divine light of your heavenly kingdom. Amen.


by Mike Humphrys

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