“May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
We are nearing the end of the liturgical year with the beginning of Advent. So the readings until then reflect the theme of the "end times" and the "afterlife." It is good for us to dwell in the reality of our final goal - heaven. Someone reminded me that the main vocation of each person in the sacred bond of marriage is to help the other one get to heaven. We are all called, in our own walk of life, to help the other person get to heaven.
Many of us swim, run, walk or bike to get our bodies in shape, shed pounds and look and feel healthier. Getting our body in shape is one aspect of health. There is the emotional, psychological and spiritual aspect that brings wholeness to our existence, as well. When it comes to spiritual wholeness and improving our relationship with God, God calls us to the eternal life workout! We shed all the extra pounds that weigh us down from being more loving, more forgiving and more compassionate to one another. We walk lighter on this earth, with joy and peace in our hearts. We cannot change others, however we can change our attitudes and behavior. The more we live each day as if it were our last, the more others will reap the benefits of our spiritual exercises and join us in this workout - the eternal life workout!
Sr. Pegge Boehm, PBVM
Co-Coornidator of the Graduate Support Program at Nora Cronin Presentation Academy, Newburgh, N.Y.
2 MACABEES 7:1-2, 9-14• PSALM 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15• 2 THESSALONIANS 2:16-3:5• LUKE 20:27-38