Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The second reading from the Book of Revelation looks at the end of the world and the second coming of Jesus Christ. John sees a new heaven and new earth and the former heaven and earth passing away. He sees a holy city coming down from heaven and uniting with earth. In this very mysterious passage, the culmination of human history and the redemption of all creation, not just humanity, is symbolized. We often think about heaven, after this world but not a new earth. Yet, it is also part of our faith that universe will also be renewed at the end of time. Vatican II’s constitution, Lumen Gentium, says: “at that time, together with the human race, the universe itself, which is closely related to man and which attains its destiny through him, will be perfectly reestablished in Christ” (48). This teaching shouldn’t lessen our concern for the current earth, rather it should spur us on to more care for our earth which is where the human family continues to grow and flourish. Our care for our environment is a concern of the kingdom of God, ushered in by Jesus, which foreshadows the new heavens and the new earth in the age to come. We might ask ourselves how well and careful do we use the resources of the earth that God has entrusted to us.
We continue with the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for 2019. Again, I appreciate your sacrifices as we strive to make our parish God.
Have a blessed week!
Administrator Pro Tem