Weekend Reflections for 8/9/19
Life is sometimes described as a journey with its beginning in birth and ending in death. When I was growing up, Dad and Mom would often take me and my siblings for a ride on Sunday afternoons. Sometimes they had a destination in mind, other times just a meandering ride. I seldom knew where we were or where we were going, but I knew that Dad did and we were safe. In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus tells us: “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.”
I used to be afraid of dying because I was afraid of the god I would meet. The years and struggles and life experiences along with faith and Scripture and prayer have gifted me with a realization of God as Abba, the infinitely loving and merciful parent. I’m not afraid of death anymore but am able to look beyond it and see it as falling into the loving arms of the God who is pleased to welcome me home and will usher me to my seat at the eternal banquet. What an incredible end to the ride!
Fr. Ralph Huse, S.J.