Saturday, November 17, 2012

Prayer of the Day -- End Times 3 (Saints Triumphant)

Almighty God and Savior, you have set the final day and hour when we shall be delivered from this world of sin and death.  Keep us ever watchful for the coming of your Son that we may sit with him and all your holy ones at the marriage feast in heaven; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

We recall that the Day of Judgment is a day unknown to anyone on earth.  While that might fill us with fear and trepidation, it need not -- not when we remember that the Judge of all is our Savior.  He who renders the verdict has already given us ours: Forgiven, and therefore heirs of eternal life.

Therefore, Judgment Day is a day when we will, once and for all time, be delivered from evil.  No more death or mourning or cyring or pain, for the old order of things has passed away (Revelation 21:4). 

Therefore, we keep watch.  We watch our lives so that we are not ensnared by sin, deceived by false teachings, or overcome by despair.  We keep watch for Jesus, knowing that he will come again and put an end to all frustrations and temptations and that he will deliver us forever from evil.  And we keep focused on Jesus who comes to us at the sacrament.  We partake with all saints in the marriage feast for a moment at the Supper, and we look forward to the unending feast, again with all the saints, in the glories of heaven.

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