The Word of God

This Too Shall Pass

Reflection on Mass Reading for March 23, 2020

“Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; The things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind.” One of the most deceitful and cunning tools of evil is the attempt to portray moments of misery and setback, even emotional and spiritual ones, as never-ending. Nothing could be further from the truth. The one true constant element in the universe is change and thus no matter how bad or how good a situation seems to be, just wait, change is on the way. This, of course, is the constant reminder in our lives of the greatest change for the good and mighty and wonderful at the end of our lives when there will be no change just the present glorious moment for all to enjoy forever in Heaven.

“Seek good and not evil so that you may live, and the LORD will be with you.” Thus, in the meantime, we must be always ready and expectant of change and always cling and hold on to the great and powerful lesson of total confidence that Jesus imparts to us, especially highlighted in Holy Week later this month. The Lord has prepared us for the ongoing miracle of new life and resurrection in this life today in the Gospel: “Jesus said to him, ‘You may go; your son will live.’”

He says the same to all of us no matter our circumstances or the enormity of crosses we carry and bear. Life is truly good and all we must do remember how it all ends, in total and everlasting victory! To forget this truth, even for a brief moment, may in fact make us look like a fool!

“Ah, well, I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God’s fool, and all His work must be contemplated with respect.” Mark Twain

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