As we approach the conclusion of the liturgical year, our Scriptures speak of end times and call us to focus our hearts and lives upon the Lord of all time and seasons. It is not meant to scare us into submission or to tow the line, but rather these words are meant to give us hope and help us to rest secure in the fact that no matter what comes our way, we are embraced by the love of God. Our end times open us to the reality of new beginnings in Christ.
Yesterday following the morning Masses I was honored to welcome into the Family of God through the Sacrament of Baptism two little ones whose parents brought them to the community of believers for the new beginnings that baptism brings. I shared this new life with Alania Lee Saunders and Maxwell James Nese, who were both very well behaved and of course adorable. In their new life in Christ they will experiences many "end times". Our prayer is always that they hold fast to the faithfulness of God's love and the surety that it brings. Our hope is that they will be that next generation to witness and inspire this generation to never lose hope or despair. Our pledge is that we will be there for them as they begin the journey of a lifetime.