In this world, everything comes to an end. The most beautiful song has an end; the most beautiful movie has an end; the most meaningful relationships have an end; and all our lives will come to an end. Yes, this world will also come to an end eventually.
Yesterday we celebrated the Solemnity of Christ the King. In the Gospel we are told what will it be like when Christ returns. Three things we can reflect on:
- God is real. Jesus is coming with all his angels and is seated at the throne. In other words, we are reminded that we live in a world with the seen and the unseen. In the unseen, there is good and there is evil. Most important – Good will always prevail. How many of us would ask ourselves, why do good when evil seems to prevail? It is active, yes, but it will never prevail.
- There is eternal life. The solemnity of Christ the King reminds us that there is life eternal, and we are only passing by in this life. One of the most beautiful Cathedrals in the world is found in Milan. There is a portion on the Church that has three messages:
- First, all the pleasures in life are fleeting
- Second, all the troubles in life are fleeting
- What is important is eternal life. In fact, Jesus said, “What profit does it gain a person to have the whole world but lose his soul?”
- The Basis for life eternal. Jesus reminds us that the basis for eternal life is how we treat the people around us, especially those who have less. “When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, when I was thirsty and you gave me a drink”. Acts of kindness, even the small ones, go a long way.
We must always remember that all around us are kingdoms, but one of these earthly kingdoms will soon cease. There is one kingdom that will not. It is the kingdom that is not based on power, money, and territory but based on love, giving, and forgiveness.