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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Four last things to remember by Fr. Dzugwe - ITREALMS

It is not surprising that as we gradually come to the last days of the Church’s liturgical cycle B, as well as the end if the year, the Church also gradually zeroes in on the last days. It is in deed fitting that the last days of the cycle should remind us of our last days on earth; especially since this period is immediately followed up by the period of advent.

It is in deed the hope of the end that sustains us through the turbulence of life’s existentialiaties.

Today the Church speaks of four last things: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell.

About death, Hebrews 9:27 says, 'It is appointed for a person to die once, but after this the judgement'.

About Judgment Scripture also says, 'Each person must render an account to God who is prepared to judge the living and the dead' (1 Peter 4:5). Romans 14:12 also adds that we must search our hearts and minds if we are to escape retribution.

About hell God's word says, those who are enemies of God shall be banished to hell "prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41).

About heaven, scripture says, "And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever" (Daniel 12:3).

Three of these realities will befall everyone.

• These realities keeps you conscious of your eternal destination. And it is wisdom to bear in mind that life is longer and eternity is longer (Psalm 90:12).

• It makes you aware that your every action and inaction has a consequence.

• It makes you aware of how your actions affect others.

• It gives you the knowledge that you're in a battle for your life in which Christ has offered the ultimate sacrifice of his life for your freedom from sin.

• It gives us a clear idea of the battle we are in and the knowledge that God alone is our place of refuge.

• It gives you reason to be accountable for the graces you receive by living in holiness according to your state of life.

• It provides you with a mission in life which is chiefly to love God and your neighbour.

• It makes you responsive to the needs of the poor and needy, as Pope Francis already declared this Thirty-third Sunday in ordinary time World Day of the Poor.

Give to support the poor today. Give to support the mission of the Church to care for the needy.

Happy Sunday.

*Fr Dzugwe,

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