Not a Lip Service
by Danny Tariman
“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:27)
“Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again!” The congregation loudly proclaims this acclamation every celebration of the Mass.
Several years back, I used to say the same verses during Masses without taking to heart what I say. It was so mechanical. It was a lip-service response to the priest’s call to proclaim the mystery of our faith. Its meaning does not go deep into my heart.
Until one day, I met Jesus and accepted Him as my personal Savior and Lord. Since then, my life has never been the same again. My attendance in the Mass is now filled with excitement and thanksgiving knowing that I will be receiving Him in the Holy Eucharist! My heart overflows with longing anticipation whenever I proclaim, “Christ will come again!” Yes! Jesus, the Lord of my life, the God to whom I pray everyday is coming! I will be seeing Him face to face!
My dear friend, today’s news and current events reveal that the Biblical prophesies about His second coming is near. Fearful? You should not be! Now is a very acceptable time; now is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2). Repent of your sins and accept Jesus into your heart.
Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, as I repent for all my sins. Enter now into my heart as I accept You as my Savior and Lord. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Amen.
[This reflection was written and published for Living Water Nov 28, 2002]