Our first reading today is from 2 John. This is the shortest book in the Bible, just 13 verses. But what a power-packed 13 verses! St. John writes, “For this is love, that we walk according to his commandments.” He then talks about those who would lead people astray. “Anyone who is so ‘progressive’ as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God.” Let us be sure that we always remain in the teaching of Christ (as given through His Church).
In the Gospel reading from Luke 17, Jesus talks about His return - the second coming. He says, "I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left."
A few years back there was a very popular series of books and movies called "Left Behind." Now, I'm not going to get into the many theological difficulties of those. I have a question. What if you could prevent this from happening? Not the second coming; that's happening whether you like it or not. But what if you and those you love were not part of the folks left behind? Sure you need to work on yourself, but isn't part of our goal to help get those we love to heaven as well? At the very least, that should be our great desire. What can you do to help that happen?
Father, we want to spend eternity with you. And we want the same for our loved ones. Help us to help them in any way we can. Show us how. Amen.