We will read in the Gospel according to Luke “Then he told them a parable. ‘There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, ‘Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, and drink, be merry!’ But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.'”
Pope Benedict wrote “I was able to state, at the beginning of my Petrine ministry, that the Church is young and open to the future. And I repeat this today, close to the tomb of St Paul. The Church is an immense force for renewal in the world. This is not, of course, because of her own strength but because of the power of the Gospel, in which the the Holy Spirit of God breathes, God Creator and Redeemer of the world. The challenges of the present time, the historical and social and, especially, the spiritual challenges, are certainly beyond the human capacity. It sometimes seems to us Pastors of the Church that we are reliving the experience of the Apostles when thousands of needy people followed Jesus and he asked them: what can we do for all these people? They were then aware of their powerlessness. Yet Jesus himself had shown them that with faith in God nothing is impossible and that a few loaves and fish, blessed and shared, could satisfy the hunger of all. However, there was not and there is not hunger solely for material food: there is a deeper hunger that only God can satisfy. Human beings of the third millennium want an authentic, full life; they need truth, profound freedom, love freely given. Even in the deserts of the secularized world, man’s soul thirst for God, for the living God.”
(Need be be like St Paul….Power of the Gospel in which the Holy Spirit Breathes….People still hunger and thirst for meaning..Things of the world don’t complete us….As I am writing this U2 songs coming up on my phone…I still haven’t found what I am looking for….I want to tear down the wall that hold me inside…I will to reach out and touch the flame, Where the street have no name. Bono is singing about our thirst for eternity.)
Raniero Cantalamessa in his book ‘Navigating the New Evangelization’
‘The rise and decline of belief in eternity’ ‘Little by little, the word ‘eternity’ has fallen into oblivion and silence and is now met with suspicion. Materialism and consumerism have done the rest in affluent societies, making it unbecoming to continue to speak of eternity among educated people who are in step with the times. All of this has had clear repercussions on the faith of believers who have become timid and reticent on this issue. When is the last time you heard a sermon preached on eternal life?…Kierkegaard was right when he wrote: ‘The afterlife has become a joke, a need so uncertain that not only does no one respect it any longer but neither do they hope for it any longer, to the point that it seems amusing even to think that there was a time when this idea transformed the whole of existence.”
‘What is the practical consequence of this eclipse in eternity? Saint Paul refers to this purpose of those who do not believe in resurrection from the dead, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.'(1 Cor 15:32) (Think of all the extreme sports out there.) The natural desire to live forever, if distorted, can become a desire, even a frenzy, to live well…Having lost the outlook of eternity, human suffering appears doubly and irreparably absurd.’
‘Eternity: a hope and a presence’ Saint Thomas ‘grace is already the beginning of glory.’ St Paul ‘The Holy Spirit is the pledge of our inheritance’ ‘The Holy Spirit already gives us first fruits of Heaven.’
Cabasilas writes “Just as the embryo which, while it is in the dark and fluid existence, natures prepares for life in the light, so it is with the saints…For the embryo however, the future life is absolutely the future; no ray of light reaches it…Not so for us, from the moment that the future age was poured and mingled with this present one…Because of this, it is already granted to saints that only to dispose and prepare themselves for life, but to live and operate in it.”
(I would say while this is true about baby in womb. The baby does hear the voice of the mother and father from the outside. The voice of the mom and dad is like the voice of God that points to a bigger world.)
Go the House of the Lord.
Saint Ignatius tells us to ask before each situation ‘What good is this for eternity.’
‘Let us consider a man who is holding a lever scale-one of those old-fashioned handheld balances. On one side, it has a plate to which to place items to be weighted, while on the other side it has a graduated arm to hold the weights. If the weights comes off, everything on the side of the plate will make the bar go up and tilt the scale down on the side of the plate. Anything-even a handful of feathers-would have the upper hand.
This is how we are when we lose the measure of everything that is of eternity; worldly things and suffering can easily beat down our souls. Everything seems for us too heavy, to excessive.’
St Paul tell us “For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal wight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.’ (2 Cor 4:17-18)
St Augustine tells us
‘Let us run because we will go to the house of the Lord. Let us run and not grow weary because this course does not exhaust us; because we will arrive at the end where there is no weariness. Let us run to the house of the Lord, and our souls rejoices for those who repeat these words. They have seen the homeland before us; the Apostles saw it and said to us: ‘Rub, hurry up, follow us! We are going to the house of the Lord.’