Tomorrow Will Be Too Late! As he set out to form the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, Saint Peter Julian Eymard shared these words with his two sisters he loved so dearly. He wrote to them the day after he departed from Grenoble:
“The bishop advises me to set out from here so as not to renew your grief and not to witness the tears of my parishioners. You know my delicate feelings. I did not hide them from you, but if I returned to Monteynard, I would either fall sick, or I would risk the loss of my vocation. May God’s holy will be done. And if death awaits me, both you and I will have the same merit. You needed to share my sacrifice as Mary shared that of Christ. God be praised. Now dry your tears….”
Today’s scriptures reminded me of the trust Jesus wants for us. We read Job’s humble inquiry, “If I appealed to him and he answered my call, I could not believe that he would hearken to my words” (Job 9:1-12). In the gospel, Jesus teaches us to keep our eyes fixed on the kingdom of heaven. We rest as the beloved on the heart of Christ in the Eucharist.
When my husband and I moved to Florida from New York in 2002, we left behind family, friends, and our church community. Today’s gospel passage was one that we would cling to. Remembering all God has done for us since our move, we are forever grateful to the family, friends, and church community we have found in Florida. “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:57).
Recall a time in your life when you trusted fully in Jesus.
Let Us Pray:
Jesus help us to look ahead so we may see the kingdom now through the Eucharist.
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