Saturday, May 30, 2009

And Tomorrow?

When the Church begins Evening Prayer this afternoon, we will have crossed the bridge from the Easter Season into the continuation of Ordinary Time. Another Lent and Easter experienced. We move on into tomorrows. Read St. John's closing remarks to his gospel.
There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.
Perhaps we might begin a serious of "what if" questions, wondering about how things would be if different events occurred. "What if there were tape recorders?" "What if there were secretaries?" The reality is simple: There were not.

Like Peter in today's gospel: what's the future hold for us? Throughout every Easter Season we walk through St. Luke's Acts of the Apostles experiencing the rocky beginnings of the early Church following the Ascension of Jesus Christ. Like any good leader, Jesus knew these wondering moments would be a part of the early days of the Church. So, he tells Peter who was wondering what was going to happening to St. John, the gospel writer, not to worry. The future will be cared for by the Father. His answer to all those early concerns was simple yet so challenging at times: "Follow me!"

That is our mission even today: "Follow me." God will take care for tomorrow. Our mission is to live in the present moment. Am I living out in my life what Jesus taught as the will of the Father? That should be our concern. Although we live in a highly technological society and culture where knowing what is next is important and has serious consequences, we an make the future by living out God's will for us today.

There are many streams to cross, many roads to carry us forward. But we have the best set of directions in just two words: "Follow me."