Made for another world

– Tuesday of the 34th Week in Ordinary time –

“As for these things which you see, the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another” (Luke 21:6)

In the gospel today, Jesus is exhorting us to cast our eyes beyond the here and now – past material things that won’t last, past the distractions and illusions of this age, past the chaos, destruction and division between communities and nations.  Jesus is exhorting us to see with eternal eyes. 

This gospel always brings to mind one of my favourite quotes by C.S. Lewis: “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”  In Mere Christianity, Lewis goes on: “I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same.”

This world as we know it is fleeting but our God is not.  He is always and forever and, in his incredible love and mercy, he gives us all we need to take up residence in our ‘true home’ with him for all eternity.  Along the way, Jesus encourages us: ‘do not be terrified – do not be afraid’. 

Today, let’s take hold of the courage Jesus offers us. Let’s lift our gaze beyond all that is fleeting and look with ahead with our God who is always and forever.

by Chantale Wilson

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