Best Is Yet To Come

Dear Friends,

In our Gospel, Jesus asks the question, the perennial and only question of everlasting consequence up and down the ages of history, “But who do you say that I am?” That question is posed to you and me just as surely as it was to the Apostles. How do we answer Jesus?

Consider the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, “Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary.”

In the midst of the pandemic storm that we are enduring, we may be feeling a sense of powerlessness. We have seen so much sickness, suffering, death, isolation, distress, confusion, unrest, protests. We long for an end, a return to “normal.” Where should we turn when the storm of life makes it hard to see where we are going? I want us to return to Jesus, to His question to us and to the answer that we must give Him not just once but day after day.

Peter answered Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Peter’s confession of faith is the faith of the Church, the faith of every intentional disciple. Jesus is the anchor in the storms of life. Why? Because Jesus is God made flesh who entered into the deepest darkness, tragedies and sufferings of humanity, even into death, and conquered all of it, broke their absolute power in His resurrection. That is why Saint John Paul II wrote, “Jesus Christ … is the center of the universe and of history. He is the answer to every question of our hearts.”

Much of this reflection is inspired by Mother Agnes Mary, SV, the leader of the Sisters of Life in her article in the Sisters’ publication, Imprint. She writes, “In this time of uncertainty, we are called to anchor ourselves in the truth of who we are and who God is … to know that, no matter how heavy the burden of sorrow, how unsure we may be of the future, how dark life may get, we are held by a Love greater and more real than ourselves. We were created in the image of this eternal Love and destined for glory – and nothing can take this away from us.”

As she concludes, “Life is a gift given to last forever; and this world only a temporary home. The best is yet to come.” Jesus asks you and me, “… who do you say that I am?” Our answer makes all the difference in the world ~ for ourselves and for our world.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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