As we head toward Advent and the beginning of a new liturgical year, the Church’s readings focus on the four last things: heaven, hell, death, and judgment. Monsignor Pope has posted a reflection on the Gospel reading, The Passage through a world that is passing away.
In the month of November the Church has us ponder the Four Last Things: death judgment, heaven and hell. As the golden gown of autumn gives way to the lifeless look of winter we too are encouraged to see that our own lives are on a trajectory that leads ultimately to autumn and then the winter of death. But for those who have faith this passage to death leads ultimately to glory. Scripture says, And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides for ever (1 John 2:17).
In today’s gospel the Lord Jesus gives us a kind of road map of life and calls us to have a sobriety as to the passing and perilous nature of this world in which we live. Read the rest here.