Veterans Day, unlike Memorial Day, pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. To honor our veterans, I have asked our Liturgy Committees to put up a display to remind everyone coming to Mass. We need to always be thanking our veterans for their service.
Today is also a memorial for St. Martin of Tours. St. Martin experienced many difficulties and attacks because of his faith. One of the more notable moments is when St. Martin encountered a beggar. Having nothing to give him, he took his cloak and cut it in two, giving half to the beggar. Later, St. Martin has a vision of Jesus wearing that half of his cloak.
People have an inherent longing for the coming of God. He has placed that desire in our hearts. But God also tells us to live in the moment, not to worry about what is to come. Seems like an impossible task. But not really. The Church has always taught us to live life in both and understanding.
So, yes, we can think about the second coming of Christ. And we know we must do what we have been called to do right now. By living in the moment, right now, we do not need to worry or be anxious about the future. By focusing on doing the moral and virtue activities of today we know tomorrow will allow us to accept what comes. Because God has planned the day for us. He will have the perfect plan for us tomorrow, too.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen