November 9, 2015

November is an important month for the dead, starting with All Saints Day, followed by All Souls Day.  It can also be a melancholy month, with the change of air and dying leaves.  But today, we celebrate the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran—which is not melancholy or about the dead at all.  In fact, I ate 6.5 Pumpkin shaped chocolate mousse treats this morning… in celebration of this feast... 

But today’s feast is about the Church… the actual building, one of the oldest in our history, belonging to the Bishop of Rome…yet also, it is about us, the Church as the Body of Christ.  So actually, November is an important one for the Church, God’s children:  we remember those who went before us, now models and intercessors, having won the race; those who are waiting in that purifying line for a train to take them home; and ourselves, who still are spending time on earthly pilgrimage.

We all know that our time here on earth is quite short compared to eternity, even if we live to 102.  It’s remarkable that the Lord gives us this chapter in history to live in.  And while He wants to give us life to the full in Heaven, we can live this fullness to some degree, out here on earth. 

…Is life full?    Sometimes we think things like “Until I have this job, then I am set”.  “Until I am married, then life will really begin.”  “When I finally finish this program, then I can do what I set out to do”.  And while you can’t be a brain surgeon until you go through the proper schooling, are you living to create another excuse for some unknown future, or are you living in the present time…the reality of the present that Jesus wants to meet you in?

Padre Pio said once that God gives us time, so we can spend eternity with Him.  So, in this present time, is life full? Each day is a gift, it is a new day.  We can wake up begrudgingly saying “Oh God….” or we can wake up saying, “Oh, God!”  What made the saints, saints was their heroic courage.  They embraced the reality of their life—for better or worse, and met Jesus there.  Let us also meet Jesus on the present road we are on, to receive Him and the fullness He wishes to give us. 

Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, pray for us!

Frassati NY