“The hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live . . . to the resurrection of life” Are we there yet? We understand our homeland is with our Heavenly Father. And in our souls, there is a desire to be with the Father. But until then we need to live our lives right here in the right now. Often people comment that they wish God would come and take us home now. But is that the right attitude?
My parents live in South Dakota. Several times a year we would gather the family together and make the seven-hour drive across Minnesota into South Dakota. We spent many hours playing games in the car. We spent many hours of reading. And we spent many hours of looking at corn fields and soybean fields. ‘Boring!’
Somewhere in the middle of Minnesota the question would come up, “Are we there yet?!” With little children their concept of time is not well developed. Five minutes could be an hour. But to tell them no we have five more hours of driving would be cruel. So, I would tell them how many towns we would go through before getting there. The number of towns was better than hours because we would take frequent breaks about every hour. This was refreshing and created an anticipation of getting there soon as the number decreased.
In our spiritual journey we tend to moan “are we there yet”. That is depressing. Rather we need that sense of anticipation found by attending mass, spending time in adoration and prayer. We then find ourselves refreshed and ready to meet the new day with God’s Grace to support us.
Have a blessed St Patrick’s Day
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen